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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

December 5, Saturday - Baker Wetlands Walk
11 a.m. - noon
Wear masks. We'll meet at the parking lot by the Discovery Center ("P1" on this map, 1365 North 1250 Road, Lawrence). The weather forecast shows a beautiful, crisp day!

December 9, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Topic: Holiday Hazards
This meeting is mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

December 9, Wednesday - (Virtual) Holiday Get-Together
~ 9:30-10:30 a.m., via Zoom
We can’t get together to share good food this year, but we can still share good fun! Stick around after the Safety Meeting for great conversation and a few more surprises, as we get together with CEBC friends, new and old. You won’t want to miss this “mandatory” good time! (Don’t forget your snacks)

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