University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Research Experience for Teachers

Apply here to the 2017 RET program

Program Dates: July 5 - August 18, 2017

RET student David Brown
David Brown at work in the Biological Physics lab.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET) is a six-week summer research program aimed at engaging K-12 physical sciences teachers in cutting-edge physics research and helping them translate their this experience and knowledge into classroom activities. The goal is to help build ongoing collaborative partnerships between K-12 teachers and the University's research community.

Program participants will work at the University's Twin Cities campus for six weeks in the physics research area of their choice. All participants receive a stipend for the six-week program that is based upon their academic year base salary.*

Among the career development program activities are weekly physics seminars offered in conjunction with the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, a session on ethics in scientific research, and a weekly seminar with the Physics Education research group to discuss issues directly applicable to teaching.

RET offers physics and physical science teachers:

  • Hands-on experience in physics research techniques
  • Information about cutting-edge experiments in physics
  • A stipend equal to six weeks of base teaching salary
  • Academic year follow-up

Teachers selected for the program will be matched with faculty and research programs that most closely correspond to their interests. Previous participants have conducted research in:

  • Biophysics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • High Energy Particle Physics
  • Physics Education
  • Space Physics
  • Astrophysics and Cosmology

*Stipend amount not to exceed NSF maximum of $10,000.

Applications will open November 15th, 2016 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on January 30th, 2017

Contact Us


Amanda Hawkinson
REU/RET Coordinator
reu@physics.umn.edu
612-626-5982

Alex Kamenev
Professor and REU/RET Director
kamenev@physics.umn.edu
612-626-0724


Sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundation and the University of Minnesota.