Give high school teachers an opportunity to work at the cutting edge of science, thereby revitalizing their teaching and helping them appreciate the use of inquiry-based methods in the teaching of science. The Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science Program, based locally, supports science teachers in research labs for eight to ten weeks during two consecutive summers. Teachers receive a stipend of $5,000 per summer; hosting mentors receive $1,000 in discretionary funds.
If you are interested in participating, send a description of the project you envision undertaking with your teacher by Monday, October 15, 2012 to Susan Shugerman, assistant vice provost for education outreach and collaboration. This description (fairly informal, view a sample) will be sent to high school principals and science department chairs throughout the Portland Metropolitan area and beyond. Deadline for the full application (requiring input from both faculty and teacher) to the Murdock Charitable Trust is December 1.
If you’d like to learn more about the program, even if you don’t have a specific high school teacher in mind, please feel free to contact Susan Shugerman. In addition to answering your questions, she can also provide you with a list of OHSU faculty who can speak with you about their experience participating in this program.