Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) at the University of Washington will sponsor a 7 week summer research program for middle school and high school teachers on the university’s Seattle campus during the summer of 2014. Teachers selected for the program will participate in ongoing research projects with researchers and will have the opportunity to take part in the development of new classroom curriculum materials based on their research experiences.

Please note that while we consider a number of factors when choosing teachers for the RET program, we highly encourage teacher applicants from Cleveland, Franklin, and Chief Sealth High Schools within Seattle Public Schools.

[Labs participating in the CSNE RET program]

 Now Available for the Classroom:  CSNE Lessons created by 2013 RET participants.

Applications for the summer 2014 program are available now (Click here for the application form). Deadline has been extended to March 1st, 2014!

The deadline for submitting applications is March 1st, 2014. In the online application, you will designate two people as referees who will provide references on your behalf. When you submit your application, an automatically generated email will be sent to your two referees inviting them to complete an online reference form on our website. We do not accept letters of reference sent by mail or email; your referees must complete the online reference form. To be considered complete, your online application form must be submitted and your two referees must have submitted their online reference forms by March 1st. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Applicants MUST:

  1. Be a middle school or high school science teacher at a school within the United States.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S. (or its possessions).
  3. Devote 40 hours per week to the program during the 7 week session (June 30 – August 15, 2014).  This is considered a full-time commitment and you may not enroll in classes or hold other jobs during the day. Participants will be paid a stipend and will not receive professional development credit for the research experience.
  4. Attend program meetings, lectures, seminars, focus groups, and workshops.
  5. Provide your own housing and transportation to the University of Washington.
  6. Use materials from your CSNE research to develop grade-appropriate and differentiated curriculum materials to meet the needs of diverse students.
  7. Have a teaching appointment for the 2014-2015 school year. Use the curriculum materials developed during the RET program in your classroom during the 2014-2015 school year. Allow CSNE staff or evaluators to conduct classroom observations when you deliver these materials in your classroom.

What participants will receive:

  1. An opportunity to be involved in an interdisciplinary research project with a team of researchers working together to solve a common problem.
  2. Lectures on ethics, communications skills, laboratory safety, and other relevant topics.
  3. A stipend of $7,000 for the 7 week program.
  4. Innovative curriculum materials developed by fellow RET teachers.
  5. Classroom assistance during the implementation of the curricular materials during the 2014-2015 school year. 

Please contact Kristen Bergsman (, CSNE Pre-College Education Manager, with questions about the RET program.