Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program
at LIGO Livingston, LA

The RET program is an six week paid summer internship for teachers (K – 12) that is designed to offer selected teachers the opportunity to experience working in a science research environment on topics of mutual interest with LIGO. The goals for the internship include professional development and broadening real-world science experience. The broad goals are to: (1) gain familiarity with LIGO science and its gravitational wave detector operations; (2) to conduct research activities in conjunction with LIGO scientists and technicians; and (3) to develop classroom educational materials, exibits or demonstration devices that draw on basic LIGO science themes and help students comprehend a physical science principle.  We are interested in energetic teachers who are self-motivated and can work independently. Working with the LIGO science and outreach staff, each RET teacher will develop a work plan for the summer that identifies the specific objectives to be attained. At the end of the 6-week session each RET teacher will report out the results of their Research Experience.

To be considered for the program, please submit your latest Curriculum Vitae along with a straightforward paragraph explaining why you think this program would be mutually beneficial to you, your school and LIGO. While here, you will be assigned a workstation and provided the necessary equipment to conduct your approved research effort. You will be required to maintain a daily work routine. The nature of this Research Experience requires dedicated time and focused effort. If you have other summer commitments that will prevent you from being actively, fully engaged, please do not apply.

Forward your submittals to:  wkatzman@ligo-la.caltech.edu  by March 1st. Place RET APPLICATION in the subject line. Attach your CV as a Word document or a pdf file.  Evaluation of these submittals will be made by the LIGO Science Education Center Staff.  Please be sure that you include all necessary contact information. Financial remuneration will be discussed with those offered a position.