Research Experience for Teachers of Engineering (RETE)

Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering (RETE) is supported by the National Science Foundation's Research to Inspire Students in Engineering (RISE) program.

The application period for 2018 is opening soon!


Located on-campus at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, the Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering is a seven-week research experience working in collaboration with a UNH engineering faculty mentor.

The goals of this program are to strengthen STEM learning by:

  • Providing pre- and in-service middle school, high school, and community college teacher-leaders with an intensive summer research experience in an engineering field.
  • Creating a community of educators, including teacher-leaders, faculty members, and university students, with research experience and teaching knowledge to assist one another as they develop and implement inquiry-based engineering activities.
  • Providing access to equipment and materials for inquiry-based learning modules through the established UNH Advancing Science Program throughout northern New England.

The UNH-based Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering (RETE), is offered to teachers throughout northern New England.

In the UNH RETE program, ten in-service and five pre-service teachers participate in a seven-week experience (1 week of orientation, 5 weeks of intensive research experience, and 1 week of curriculum development with a UNH engineering faculty mentor and their research team). Teachers participate in selected research groups. They develop independent research projects guided by the faculty mentors and graduate students in their laboratories. The summer experience includes a twice-a-week brown bag lunch series with teacher-leaders to present their work. School year follow-up to support the integration of the summer research experience and inquiry-based activities within the curriculum will also be provided, both in person and through an electronic discussion board.

For more information, contact Dr. Steve Hale at:



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Acknowledgements – This research was supported with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering Grant (ENG-1132648).