Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis


A research study is underway to assess the Research Experiences for Teachers program called "Exploring Career Opportunities through Water-Themed Engineering Research" (ECO-WATER). 


High school teacher participants in the ECO-WATER program are being asked to particate in a research study.  The purpose of this research is to document experiences in the program and to assess the lesson materials developed in this program to see if they are effective and to find ways to improve them.  If you choose to participate, your participation will involve completing short surveys, each taking roughly 15 minutes to complete, and an interview with the evaluator that is likely to take about one hour during the summer program. 


If you decide to be in this study, you will be one of around 30 people in this research study.


The only risks anticipated for participating in this research study are encountering hazards in the research labs and some low level mental stress.

In the labs, potential harm could come from accidental exposure to chemicals on skin or in eyes/mouth.  There is also a small risk of fire from failing electrical equipment, and a slight risk that participants could fall on slippery wet surfaces. We have taken several steps to minimize these hazards, including providing you safety training and a mentor in the lab for training and guidance day to day.

While not by design of the project, some of participants could feel mentally stressed in this program from struggling to accomplish tasks in the given timeframe since research is a process of inquiry where discoveries are made from trial and error experiments rather than by following a cookbook-like recipe.  We have taken several steps to support participants on this journey to offset negative impacts from stress. 


In the event of injury, the Kansas Tort Claims Act provides for compensation if it can be demonstrated that the injury was caused by the negligent or wrongful act or omission of a state employee acting within the scope of his/her employment.


The following benefits may be associated with your participation in this study: You (the teacher participants) will gain knowledge and skills about engineering by conducting research in labs at KU. This will help enhance your teaching, and build your confidence with new teaching strategies. The creation of new curricula will help to foster students' problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and interest in STEM careers. We will enhance our understanding of what makes a successful professional development experience for high school educators.


Your alternative to participating in this research study is not to participate.


You will receive a stipend for participating in the RET program, as follows: $6,000 for the six-week summer program, which includes team research with a KU faculty mentor, pedagogical trainings, and co-authoring of a curriculum module (also called a toolkit); $500 for presenting the lesson to colleagues in your school or district or at a conference; $1,000 for implementing the lesson in the classroom; and $200 for returning to KU the following summer to describe your lesson and results to the next cohort of teachers.  Investigators may ask for your social security number in order to comply with federal and state tax and accounting regulations.


The personal information that we collect about you (like names, employment, contact information) will be kept confidential and protected to the fullest extent.   Survey data will be aggregated for any future reports, and no names will be associated with these reports so that no one can tell what things came from you. When we tell other people about this study, we will not use your name, so no one can tell who we are talking about. Research records will be stored securely and only the researcher team will have access to the records.


You are not required to sign a Consent and Authorization form. You may refuse to do so without affecting your right to any services you are receiving or may receive from the University of Kansas or to participate in any programs or events of the University of Kansas. But, if you refuse to sign, you cannot participate in this study.

You may also withdraw your consent to participate in this study at any time. You also have the right to cancel your permission to use and disclose further information collected about you, in writing, at any time.  If you cancel permission to use your information, the researchers will stop collecting additional information about you. However, the research team may use and disclose information that was gathered before they received your cancellation, as described above.


If you have any questions about the purpose, procedures, or any other issues relating to this reserach study, you may contact Dr. Claudia Bode at 785-864-1647,


If you would like to talk to someone about your rights of being a subject in this research study or about ethical issues with this research study, you may contact the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), University of Kansas, 2385 Irving Hill Road, Lawrence, Kansas   66045-7568, 785-864-7429,

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