STaRS Experience

High school educators are encouraged to apply for the 2017 Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience. This two-week professional development program, hosted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is designed to enhance high school science teachers’ understanding of basic research in environmental/biomedical sciences and enable them to transfer knowledge received from this program into classroom applications. After participating in exploratory lectures, lab investigations and group discussions, teachers will process what they’ve learned to develop lesson plans and classroom projects. Finally, through engagement and discussion with NIEHS scientists in various research labs and the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit, teachers will broaden their understanding of translational research processes.

The program will run from Monday, July 10, to Friday, July 21, (excluding Saturday and Sunday). STaRS participants are expected to attend the full two-week program and actively participate each day from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. To offset costs associated with lodging, meals, transportation and time spent during the two-week program, participants will receive a $2,000 stipend. The stipend will be provided in two equal payments, which will be disbursed each week of the program.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently teaching in a North Carolina high school.
  • Applicants must be available for the full two-week program (July 10-21, excluding Saturday and Sunday).
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel to Research Triangle Park (which may include overnight stays at a hotel in Research Triangle Park on Sunday through Thursday each week).

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017.