The Jackson Laboratory teacher internship program supports middle and high school science and math teachers in conducting full-time research internships at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. The internship will take place during the spring 2013 semester and is now accepting applications.
Teacher research interns work closely with a professional scientist mentor on their own research project, which culminates in a written research paper. Interns also participate in a weekly, three-credit graduate course (taught at the lab by University of Maine faculty) that helps teachers integrate their research experience into their teaching.
Participating teachers receive $22,000 to cover the internship, which runs from January 14 to May 10. This money generally leaves salary available to schools to hire a long-term substitute. In addition, housing at the laboratory is usually available, and teachers get a one-time $1,500 housing and commuting allowance.
The teacher research sabbatical aims to give teachers a deeper understanding of the process of science, science content knowledge, science careers, and tools for developing curricula that emphasize guided inquiry and a culture of science in the classroom.
Information on the internship, including the application, can be found at: http://umaine.edu/center/teacher-resources/jackson-laboratory-teacher-sabbatical/.