Finding Summer Research Opportunities
May 17, 2012 8:02 PM Subscribe
Help me think of summer research opportunities for teachers/post-baccs.
posted by Peregrin5 to Education (3 answers total)
I am a pre-service science teacher who is enamored with the idea of doing interesting research/actual science over the summer at labs or just around, but I want an authentic research experience affiliated with an academic institution.
I applied to Cal Poly's STAR STEM Teacher and Researcher, but unfortunately, I wasn't picked from the applicants by any labs, which could possibly be due to my mediocre undergrad science scores (mostly B's), or because I don't have any experience in research (which that program was created to give you--but since it's researchers that pick the final applicants, I bet they probably only want experienced applicants).
Since that was my only prospect for this summer (because I was sure I'd get in), I am now left with very little to do this summer. It's probably too late to remedy this because all other fellowships required applications far earlier in the year. This summer will probably be spent simply planning in great detail, my first full year of teaching.
However, I'd like to have good plans for next year. If I wanted to get involved in interesting research as a science teacher, or simply as a person who has already graduated with his bachelor's in science, but only for a summer, what types of resources might I seek out?
Keep in mind that my undergrad GPA is only 3.02 (STAR applications required it so others might as well), and I haven't had any research experiences during my undergrad years. Thanks!