Summer 2014 NSF Research Experience for Teachers position available in the Patek Lab (FILLED)

This position has been filled.

The Patek Lab in the Biology Department at Duke University is hosting a NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers position during the summer of 2014.  The teacher will be directly involved in research examining the evolution and biomechanics of the ultrafast mantis shrimp feeding strike.  The specific project will be tailored to match the teacher’s and host’s interests and may span areas including materials testing, impact mechanics, dissections/morphology, computer imaging of microCT scans, behavioral analyses, marine biology, biomimetics, 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 host 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, physics or engineering.  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.

It may also be of interest to view this presentation about the focal research: ( and a previous NSF RET participant’s audio slideshow:

Please send a cover letter and resume by email to Prof. Sheila Patek ( 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 flexible, but need to take place during the summer months of 2014.  Deadline for applications is April 7, 2014.

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