The science Teacher-Researcher Partnership Program at UNO is seeking proposals from faculty interested in serving as a research mentor to an OPS teacher-researcher during summer 2017.
The deadline to submit a proposal is Saturday, December 31, 2016. Full details and application instructions are posted here.
The Teacher-Researcher Partnership Program (TRPP) is a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and Omaha Public Schools (OPS), which supports the creation of a science ecosystem, with opportunities for teachers and subsequently youth, in the Omaha area to conduct genuine research projects. Participating teachers are paired with a UNO faculty mentor in a science department. Teachers and mentors collaboratively conduct an approximately 80-hour research project over 4-6 weeks during the summer. Weekly journal club discussions and a post-project research symposium provide valuable opportunities to evaluate current research, develop collaborative relationships, and broaden the scope of each experience beyond a single project. Mentor benefits include a summer stipend for research, mentorship, and time, and funding for supplies and services that support the research. Teachers gain access to resources and equipment at UNO, graduate tuition for independent research credit, and opportunities to network and collaborate with leaders in science disciplines. Participants often develop new activities and apply concepts from their TRPP experience within their own classrooms or labs during the academic year.