About the Program

The College of Engineering and College of Education are excited to continue a summer research program for CPS high school teachers in Summer 2018. The summer research experience will provide an opportunity for pre-engineering and science teachers to spend time in bioengineering research labs and use the experience to create a curriculum for use in their own classrooms. The six-week program matches teachers to a laboratory under the guidance of one of thirteen research-active core bioengineering faculty mentors. These lab opportunities are in diverse areas that include 3d printing laboratory equipment, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging, brain activity monitoring, rehabilitation engineering, bioacoustics, biomaterials, and mechanics of the pulmonary system. In partnership with faculty who are recognized experts in curriculum design and teaching in secondary education, and in particular, teaching of secondary science in urban schools, participant-tailored curricular mentoring in weekly workshops will focus on principles of effective planning, instruction, and assessment to be directly connected to teachers’ classroom curriculum.

Program dates

Full-time summer program from June 25 – August 3, 2018.

Program highlights

> $8,000 stipend for all participants
> $1,000 classroom supplies allowance

Who may apply

Licensed Chicago Public high school science or engineering teachers.
Underrepresented minorities and applicants committed to working with diverse student populations are encouraged to apply.

Program requirements

> Teacher Fellows must commit to participating for the full 6 week program.
> Teacher Fellows will participate in lab research experiences and curriculum workshops.
> Teacher Fellows will participate in program evaluation.
> Full time participation is 40 hours per week for the duration of the program.

The BEST Program is supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health under award number R25EB021733­01. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.