NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers summer fellowship available

The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is hosting a NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers position during the summer of 2016.  The teacher will be directly involved in research examining the evolution of the ultrafast mantis shrimp feeding strikes and sensory systems.  The specific project will be tailored to match the teacher’s and mentor’s interests and may span areas including macroevolution and phylogenetics, behavioral ecology, dissections/morphology, computer imaging of microCT scans, marine biology, and more.  The results of the research project will be presented via a regional conference and/or a photo documentary.  In conjunction with the research activities, the teacher and mentor will work together to develop instructional materials for high school students or teachers. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable high school teacher interested in experiencing an active research lab in areas related to biology, comparative evolution, or marine ecology.  Specific skills to perform the above research topics are not required. We are instead looking for someone with the energy and enthusiasm to explore, work hard and be challenged by science.

Please send a cover letter and resume by email to the Patek Lab’s laboratory manager, Leah Fitchett (llf15@duke.edu). Include information about previous job/research/teaching experience(s), the contact information for at least two references, and a brief statement about how this experience would help you meet your goals.  This is a 40-hour per week, six-week long fellowship paid at a rate of $800/week.  The specific dates are somewhat flexible and will be determined by the mentor and teacher.  However, all six weeks need to take place during the summer months of 2016.  Deadline for applications is 11:59 pm, February 15, 2016.

Additional information:

In addition to reading the Patek Lab’s website (www.thepateklab.org), it may also be of interest to view this presentation about the focal research: (http://www.ted.com/talks/sheila_patek_clocks_the_fastest_animals.html) and a previous NSF RET participant’s audio slideshow: http://www.thepateklab.org/2012-ret-experience-patek-lab-janice-st-pierre

Previous Patek Lab RET fellows: Janice St. Pierre (NY high school teacher), Kelsey Lamanna (NC high school teacher), Jeffrey LaCosse (NC high school teacher)


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