National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Serving Nanoscale Science, Engineering & Technology

Research Experience for Teachers

NNIN offers teachers and community college faculty the opportunity to experience the excitement of nanotechnology research and to share this experience in their classrooms and with their peers. This is a non-residential program and applications and site information are available by following the web links to each of the four participating NNIN sites (below).


  • Deadline is mid April but varies by site.
  • Must be US. Citizens or permanent residents.
  • Teacher applicants
    • Must teach in grades 6 – 12
    • Must teach science or technology                
    • Must have a minimum of two years teaching experience
  • Community College Applicants-
    • Must be currently teaching at a two-year post-secondary institution
    • Must have taught two years at a two-year institution
    • Must teach science or engineering

Program Description:

The NNIN RET program supports 16 participants per year in a seven-week summer research experience at four NNIN sites. NNIN recruits secondary science teachers and community college faculty who teach science or engineering as participants in this program. One week of follow-up support is included which consists of  classroom support  as well as attending and presenting at the NNIN Nanoscale Science and Engineering Professional Development Workshop held late winter/spring. This workshop is held at one of the four RET sites on a rotating basis. At this workshop, RET participants will present their nanotechnology-focused classroom lessons to local faculty and teachers and meet fellow NNIN RET participants. Lessons developed by participants are posted on the NNIN Education Portal.

Financial Support:

  • Stipend - $5,300
  • This is a non-residential program; no housing or subsistence  allowance will be paid
  • Travel support to workshop – up to $1,000
  • Classroom materials support - $1000

Please visit these sites for application, contact information and program details:

Applications are made directly to each site, not to NNIN centrally.