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Want to jumpstart your teaching skills with a research experience? 

Then join ECO-WATER, a 'Research Experiences for Teachers' (RET) program at the University of Kansas. This exciting summer program engages high school science teachers in authentic engineering research at the University of Kansas. We invite talented teachers from diverse backgrounds to participate in this 6-week immersive experience. Educators of all science subjects are welcome to apply.

ECO-WATER stands for: Exploring Career Opportunities through Water-Themed Engineering Research.  It builds on our previous RET program, which was called “Shaping Inquiry from Feedstock to Tailpipe,” or SHIFT.  These programs are funded by the National Science Foundation

For the past 12 years, our RET programs have immersed dozens of high school science teachers in empowering learning and research experiences. Each participant receives a stipend and other benefits, such as new lessons and supplies to take back to the classroom. 

Now accepting applications for summer 2019! 


What are other teachers saying about the program?

In the YouTube video below, see Kacey Ford discuss the RET program with Great Bend, Kansas, Superintendent Brad Reed.

CEBC Calendar

October 6, Tuesday - CEBC Colloquium / NRT Seminar Series
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Milind Kantak, INVISTA, Intellectual Property Manager and Chemical Engineer
"Intellectual Property and Industry Perspective"

October 13, Tuesday - CEBC Colloquium / NRT Seminar Series
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Mei Liu, University of Kansas Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medical Informatics
"Artificial Intelligence: A Catalyst for Date-Driven Medicine"

October 13, Tuesday - Fall Industry Advisory Board Meeting, Part I
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., via Zoom

October 14, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Presenter: Kirk Snavely, Topic: TBA
This meeting is mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

October 23, Tuesday - Fall Industry Advisory Board Meeting, Part II
9:00 - 11:00 a.m., via Zoom

October 27, Tuesday - CEBC Colloquium / NRT Seminar Series
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Elsa Olivetti, MIT, Professor, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering
"Bridging the gap between literature data extraction and materials informatics"

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