The Summer Research Internship Program for Teachers at Scripps Florida, funded by a generous grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, has been created to expose teachers to current laboratory techniques and procedures, provide information on a variety of contemporary issues in basic biomedical research, create ties and linkages to working scientists who can assist them in curriculum development, and create opportunities for teachers to share information and knowledge with their peers.
Teachers will conduct basic biomedical research in a laboratory under the supervision of a Scripps Research scientist. The program emphasizes the scientific process, research planning, bench experience, experimental design, data analysis, and interaction with laboratory personnel. As an adjunct to their day-to-day responsibilities, participants will be required to attend specially designed seminars throughout the course of the summer. In addition to the intensive, hands-on six-week summer program, teachers are expected to use the laboratory experience as a springboard to create opportunities in discovery-based learning for their students, effect change in their classrooms, and serve as a resource for other educators.
Teachers are expected to work in the laboratory for a six-week period, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, from early June through late July. In addition to attending specially designed programs during the summer, they are expected to:
• Submit a written scientific abstract at the conclusion of the program
• Make an oral presentation at the conclusion of the program
• Develop a follow-up plan for the next academic year outlining how they will translate their experience in the program into the classroom and maintain close ties with their Scripps Florida mentor to achieve specifically stated goals related to discovery-based learning
Research internships are awarded on a competitive basis to United States citizens or permanent residents teaching science at the high school level in Palm Beach County.
Teachers are awarded a gross compensation of $20.00 per hour for the six-week program (not to exceed 240 hours).
The following is required for application to the program:
1. A completed online application (available 1/1/14)
2. A letter of recommendation from the school principal and/or department chairperson
3. A current résumé
Complete the application online, then send resume and recommendation letters to:
Attn: Deborah Leach-Scampavia
Via one of the following methods:
The deadline for applications is March 7, 2014.