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Rice UniversityCBEN
Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology Internship for Teachers

Program Dates: June 4 - June 29, 2012
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Rice University Campus
Instructors: Dr. Carolyn Nichol, CBEN Associate Director for Education; SST Executive Director

Teachers 2008 Internship

What is nanotechnology?

  • Materials made out of carbon stronger and more flexible than steel.
  • Electronics in computers and gaming consoles
  • Materials for the detection and treatment of cancer
  • New materials that help bones heal and replace teeth
  • Particles that can lead to inexpensive water purification systems
  • Additives to cosmetics and sunscreens


 Click here to see the 2010 Course Schedule


Contact Dr. Carolyn Nichol at

 Send completed application to: Marilu Campos ( and include in the subject line:  2012 Summer RET Internship Application

or mail to:

Rice University
RET Internship, MS63
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Application Deadline:  March 30, 2012


CBEN and the School Science & Technology Program (SST) offers a 4 week internship in our research laboratories. We use the center’s resources to focus on techniques for translating the center’s research methods and results into a classroom setting. The goals of our summer internship program piloted in the summer of 2002 are to reinforce each teacher's sense of science as a process, to deepen each teacher's understanding of the achievements and potential of nanoscience, and to apply lessons learned from the content class to a research setting.

Program Outline

  • A month-long internship in a laboratory to reinforce understanding and appreciation of science as a process
  • Observe and assist in research
  • Interview faculty, graduate students and other lab personnel
  • Review exisiting nanoscience and materials-science instructional resources
  • Develop inquiry-based lesson plans that apply Rice research
  • Use digital media to bring laboratory experience to students
  • Read technical articles related to research topics
  • Network with fellow science teachers

Program Compensation

  • $3,500 stipend upon program completion (Must be a U.S. Citizen to receive stipend for the course)
  • Free parking

Program Structure

  • Teachers will be placed in a Rice faculty's research laboratory and assigned a graduate or post-doctoral student to shadow
  • Orientation that includes laboratory safety training and digital media training
  • Weekly three-hour meeting to discuss research experience
  • Round-robin tours of teacher internship laboratories
  • Observation of high school summer science academy lectures and labs
  • Lesson plan meetings
  • Symposium to share research project and lesson plans