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NIST Summer Teachers Institute


The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Summer Teacher Institute will be held July 10-21, 2017 at NIST’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., near Washington, D.C.

Some 22 middle school teachers from across the country will be selected to participate in this professional development and training program, which combines hands-on projects, lectures, and visits with scientists and engineers at the NIST Campus. Teachers will receive a $2,000 stipend and up to $2,000 to cover travel expenses and lodging for those who live more than 50 miles away.

Teachers who participate in the NIST Summer Institute gain a wealth of new knowledge about core topics such as forensics and materials science, and materials to integrate these topics into their classroom while meeting curriculum standards. They also gain:

  • Increased understanding of the subjects they teach
  • Increased understanding of how scientific research is performed
  • Materials and resources to implement what they learned at NIST in their classrooms
  • Increased enthusiasm for science
  • A network of scientists and engineers at NIST with whom to consult

Note: Applications must be submitted through your school district or private school administration. Applications from individual teachers will not be accepted. Click HERE to request application forms.

Submission deadline for electronic or paper application is Friday, March 3, 2017!

Questions? Contact Dr. Catherine Rimmer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, International and Academic, Affairs Office, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1090, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1090, Phone (301) 975-3651, email: catherine.rimmer@nist.gov

NIST also hosts a separate research experience for two middle school educators who have completed the summer institute. The six-week program pairs selected teachers with NIST scientists and engineers to participate in scientific research at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland during the summer of 2017. Public school districts and/or accredited private educational institutions in the U.S. and/or its territories can receive up to $8,000 per teacher, for up to two teachers, to participate. Applications are due Friday, March 3, 2017.

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