COINS Research Education for Teachers

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The COINS RET program offers middle and high school teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area paid summer research opportunities to give them hands on experience in new cutting edge science, engineering and nanoscience research. Teachers work full time for eight weeks in a COINS sponsored lab and attend seminars and meetings, both academic and professional, to complement their summer experience. By the end of the summer, teachers will have the knowledge and support to create an Education Transfer Plan (ETP), a new lesson, activity or curriculum to use in their classroom. At the conclusion of the program, all teachers present their work in a poster session reception.

Program Features

• Research opportunities available at both Stanford and UC Berkeley. COINS has partnered with the Stanford Summer Program for Teachers and the Berkeley Engineering Research Experience for Teachers
• Participants receive a $7200 stipend
• Additional $1,000 grant available after developing and implementing lesson in classroom
• Attend weekly professional development seminars with other teachers
• Mentoring provided both in the lab and with developing ETP
• Encouraged to participate for two consecutive summers

To Apply

Teachers interested in COINS labs at either Stanford or UC Berkeley should apply through our non-profit partner, Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education. Information and application can be found here.

For more information about the COINS RET program, please contact Meltem Erol.

For past project descriptions, please click here.


The University of California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) invites high school students and their classroom teachers to Nano-High, a series of Saturday morning lectures focused on the cutting-edge scientific issues of the day, from molecular medicine to nanoscience, from climate change to astrophysics, from solar energy to the math behind Sully, Remy and Buzz Lightyear. Our speakers are internationally renowned LBNL senior scientists, UC Berkeley Professors, and distinguished visiting scientists known not only for their scientific accomplishments in the subjects they will talk about, but also for their ability to talk to non-expert audiences.
COINS is partnering with Nano-High to continue this program of K-12 outreach by providing resources needed to acquire space and equipment for these talks, in addition to the many COINS faculty who speak at the events.