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Want to jumpstart your teaching skills with a research experience? And get paid for it, too?

Now’s your chance!  Each summer, the University of Kansas offers a 6-week research experience for high school science teachers and college students training to become teachers. 

The program is called “Shaping Inquiry from Feedstock to Tailpipe,” or SHIFT, and is funded by the National Science Foundation.  Dozens of teachers and undergraduates have participated in the program. Each participant receives a stipend and other benefits, such as new classroom supplies. Click here to learn more.

Think green this summer

You will learn about some of the most important research challenges facing society today, such as: 

  • How to replace fossil fuel energy sources with renewable alternatives   
  • How to turn grasses, crops or algae into ingredients for everyday consumer goods—without harming the environment 
  • How to use nanotechnologies to make manufacturing processes safer and cleaner

You will also create new lesson materials, bringing scientific inquiry and engineering design back to YOUR high school. 

Apply now for summer 2017

What are other teachers saying about the program?

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

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