Summer Research Fellowship Opportunity

Several KABT members have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past to improve their understanding of biology and research while working on teaching strategies.  This program has a history of great outcomes.  Consider applying to expand your horizons.




Eligibility:       Middle and high school science teachers in U.S. schools

Dates:             Fellowship year: April 2012 – April 2013

Online application due no later than: January 23, 2012

Notifications: March 2012

Fellowship payments:

·      $5,700 for research work and assignments

·      $300 for a classroom materials grant

·      Travel expenses to Experimental Biology, Boston, MA, April 20-24, 2013

Research Teacher Fellows Program:


In this year-long professional development fellowship, teachers nationwide

1)      immerse themselves in cutting-edge biomedical research for 7-8 weeks;

2)      enhance their teaching skills in Six Star Science principles (student-centered instruction, diversity/equity, technology, assessment, current scientific content, and reflecting on teaching and learning); and

3)      build networks with scientists locally and nationally by attending a scientific conference.


EXPLORE Effective Teaching Strategies. The APS Six Star Science framework for supporting excellence in science education:

·   student-centered instruction

·   valuing diversity among students

·   integrating technology

·   developing authentic assessments

·   utilizing accurate and current content

·   reflecting on teaching and learning


EXPERIENCE the Research Process. Learn about:

·   the scientific method

·   generating valid hypotheses

·   connecting basic to clinical research

·   using animals and humans in research

·   research careers in physiology


ENHANCE Your Classroom Materials. Use toolkits of strategies and Six Star Science to:

·   transform cookbook labs into engaging student-centered, inquiry-based lessons

·   align lessons to your state and national science education standards


PROGRAM INFORMATION AND APPLICATION: Look for the “HOW TO APPLY” GUIDE document at the Research Teacher Fellows program website. DEADLINE: January 23, 2012.


TESTIMONIALS from past Teacher Fellows about the Frontiers in Physiology program:


On the fellowship experience: “Enjoy every minute of the fellowship experience because it goes by so fast. You are so absorbed in the material and assignments that it will take you a year just to compress and reflect on it all. So soak it up, relax, and enjoy the incredible journey that the APS will take you on!”


On the skills on transforming cookbook labs: “I have learned a lot through these transformations. Where I once thought my labs were student centered and inquiry based, I am beginning to see just how teacher directed they were. I think I will have a great deal of transforming to do this year.”



Questions? Contact the Interim K-12 Programs Coordinator: Margaret Shain:


FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY is supported by the APS, a Science Education Partnership Award (R25RR025127) from the National Center for Research Resources, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R13DK039306) at the National Institutes of Health.



Scarletta Whitsett

Science Fair Coordinator/Project Asst.

The American Physiological Society

Education Office

9650 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20814

301-634-7098 (fax)


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