The CalTeach Summer Research Institute (SRI) is an NSF-Funded eight-week program designed to encourage STEM undergraduates from across the UC system to learn about the implementation of research practices in education. SRI provides a stipend for participants to conduct intensive research on campus or nearby labs while also taking a seminar series that focuses on methods to bring research and data science skills into K-12 classrooms. Apart from the seminar, students participate in weekly research and curriculum development sessions to further strategize the tools needed to improve data literacy in K-12 education.

At the conclusion of the summer term, students are eligible to continue participating in professional development workshops and curriculum implementation in K-12 classrooms with additional funding from SRI. The stipend for a full-time, 8 week, 36 hour a week research placement is $6,300 for Summer of 2020.

We acknowledge the generous support of the National Science Foundation-sponsored "Research Experiences for Teachers" award for funding teacher and undergraduate research as well as the BERET+D program.

Research

Summer Research Institute students work closely with large data sets to enhance data literacy development. Participants are paired with a local STEM Teacher and together support the ongoing work of their faculty or post-doc research mentor. Our team works diligently with applicants to find placements that match their interests among the diverse research activities at Berkeley. Placements cover a wide variety of research disciplines; this summer we have partnered with more labs including Earth and Planetary Science, Chemistry, Nuclear Engineering, and Integrative Biology. It is estimated that students spend 36 hours per week in their lab or research group. The research experience culminates with a poster presentation highlighting the work conducted over the summer. Examples of past research can be found here.

Seminar

The Integrating Research Methods into K–12 Teaching in Mathematics & Science (UGIS 189) seminar meets for four hours each week. Through this course, Summer Institute participants explore ways to integrate research techniques and skills into lessons for K–12 math and science classrooms. The seminar is co-taught by a current high school math or science teacher, who helps guide the lesson plan development process. The course also explores successful teaching methods through engaging demonstrations, and emphasizes collaborative review and revision of lesson components. UGIS 189 satisfies the research methods component of the Cal Teach minor.

Eligibility

Must be a U.S. Citizen, National or Legal Resident to apply.

Apply

The Summer Institute is open to UC system undergraduate science, math or engineering majors interested in a career in teaching.

Download the application here.

Applications can be submitted in person, through mail, or via email to the SRI Coordinator. See application for further details.

Please contact sri_calteach@berkeley.edu if you have any questions about this program.