Jackson Laboratory teacher internship program accepting applications

The Jackson Laboratory and the University of Maine are pleased to announce the annual Teacher Research Sabbatical program, a paid research experience open to all middle and high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers in Maine and other rural New England states.

The program, which runs from mid-January through mid-May 2014, aims to give teachers a deeper understanding of the process of science and to help teachers develop curricula that emphasize guided inquiry and a culture of science in the classroom. There are no prerequisites, and expertise in genetics is not necessary.

During the spring semester, teacher research interns will work full time with a biomedical scientist at the Jackson Laboratory, an internationally recognized genetics research institute in Bar Harbor. In addition to research, the program includes a three-credit UMaine course, “Research-related Curriculum Development in Science and Mathematics,” taught by Dr. Michelle Smith.

Teachers will receive a $28,000 stipend for the internship and a $1,500 stipend for housing. Near-campus housing is available at low cost.

Applications for the program are due Oct. 15.

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