In collaboration with NEWT, the Rice Office of STEM Engagement offers NEWT RET, a year-long internship with a focus on nanotechnology-enabled water treatment to reinforce the understanding and appreciation of science as a process. Participants observe and actively work in research while developing inquiry-based lesson plans that apply NEWT research, using media and other strategies to bring the laboratory experience to students. Teachers of all subjects and grade levels from the greater Houston, TX; El Paso, TX; or Tempe/Phoenix, AZ areas are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to STEM teachers.
Participants are matched to a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher mentor who can help guide their research.
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HOUSTON TRAINING LOCATION
PHOENIX TRAINING LOCATION
EL PASO TRAINING LOCATION
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
Arizona State University
1151 S Forest Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
The University of Texas at El Paso
500 West University Avenue
El Paso, TX 79968
Applications open December 10, 2019. The application closes on March 13, 2020 – agreement forms are due by this day. All applicants will receive an email update regarding their status by March 27, 2020.
NEWT RET Structure
|JUNE 3 – JULY 17, 2020|
|The summer portion of NEWT RET includes:
|FALL 2020 – SPRING 2021|
|The 2019-2020 portion of NEWT RET includes:
NEWT RET Benefits
The expectations of NEWT RET interns include, but are not limited to:
- Working full-time (40 hours) in the laboratory or on research each week of the summer internship;
- Documenting summer hours and submitting time sheets on time;
- Completing a poster on summer research;
- Attending and presenting at the Engineering Research for Teachers Symposium;
- Timely completion and submission of all course assignments and homework.
For completing all program requirements, interns will receive:
- 6-weeks worth of sustained and supported professional development at Rice University;
- $7000 in stipends (spread out over the summer and school year);
- Free economy parking at your host university;
- Networking opportunities with fellow teachers; and
- Training and guidance in presenting and creating original lesson plans.
NEWT RET Application
Applicants will be notified of their status by March 29nd. Space is very limited, therefore, completing the application process and being selected for an interview does NOT guarantee placement in the program.
Houston, TX; El Paso, TX; and Tempe/Phoenix, AZ area teachers of all grade levels and subjects are welcome to apply, but STEM teachers will receive priority consideration. Once final candidates have been selected, all other interviewed applicants may be placed on a wait list.
Housing for Rice University interns is available on campus for a fee, which can be subtracted from the internship stipend – please indicate interest in on-campus housing in your application.
Applicants will be required to submit:
- An updated resume that lists education and employment history;
- A personal statement about why you are applying to the NEWT RET program. This statement should be 1 page in length and will be used to determine selection and lab placement; and
- A completed and signed Participant Acknowledgement Form (PAF). By signing the form, the applicant agrees to participate in all required NEWT RET sessions.
If you are unable to upload these documents to your application, you can:
- email them to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- fax them to 713-348-3825; OR
- mail them to 6100 Main Street, MS-7836, Houston, TX 77005