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SCIENCE EDUCATION

McLaughlin Research Institute is committed to serving as an educational resource for students and teachers in Montana. Summer research internships for talented high school students have been available since 1954, when Great Falls High School student Irving Weissman worked in the lab of the Institute's founder, Dr. Ernst Eichwald. Dr. Weissman now chairs the Institute's Scientific Advisory Committee and is Director of Stanford University's Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute. The summer research internship program expanded to include college students and high school teachers. With the goal of improving science education and fostering critical thinking for as many students as possible, we have expanded our teacher and high school student programs with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute K-12 Science Initiative. Members of underrepresented minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply to these programs.
Email inquiries should be directed to administrative staff.
Science Teacher Program (PDF brochure)

This new, two-summer program was made possible by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

In the first summer, successful applicants will spend 9 weeks (June 8th - August 10th) in the laboratory of one of the Institute's faculty actively engaged in research. In addition to providing hands-on experience in investigational science, participating teachers will observe and interact with high school and college students in laboratory learning environment rather than a classroom. Workshops, journal clubs, and seminars supplement the research experience.

In the second summer of the program, teachers will work for 8 weeks at the Institute with peers on educational issues, development of new teaching tools, and mentoring high school students entertaining the possibility of science teaching as a career. Dates of participation for teachers who will be in the second summer of their internship are June 8th - August 3rd. Mr. Tom Cubbage of C.M. Russell High School will lead this portion of the program. Interaction with education professionals at Montana's Universities and at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle adds to the experience. An additional goal for the teachers, once school begins in the fall, is to identify strong science students in their freshman or sophomore year with the potential to become good teachers and guide them in their course choices.

This opportunity is open to high school or middle school science/math teachers. The teachers have the opportunity to continue their interaction with Institute faculty and staff throughout the academic year. Seminars aimed at improving scientific literacy and public support for science education provide continuity with the summer program. As an added incentive, teachers can earn continuing education credits and /or experience toward an advanced degree.

Stipends are paid to all participants to minimize financial barriers to participation.

To apply, send a one to two page letter describing your interests and educational philosophy, along with a curriculum vitae, by March 15, 2011 to:

McLaughlin Research Institute
Attn: HHMI Teacher Program
1520 23rd Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405
High School Student Program (PDF brochure)

Successful applicants will spend 9 weeks (June 8 through August 10) in the laboratory of one of the Institutes faculty actively engaged in a current research project under the direction of the scientist, postdoctoral fellow, or research assistant. In addition to providing hands-on experience in investigational science, the students will observe and interact with other high school and college students, as well as teachers, in a laboratory learning environment rather than a classroom. Workshops, journal clubs, and seminars supplement the research experience. Each student will give a formal presentation at the end of the 9 weeks summarizing their project.

Thanks to a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, we now offer an additional opportunity for strong science students willing to consider teaching science as a career. A second summer is available to research interns to collaborate with teachers and MRI staff to develop innovative lab projects and experiments for use in science education.

Students in the junior or senior year in high school are eligible. Students should be on track for four years of math, biology, chemistry and/or physics. Stipends are paid to all participants.

To apply, send a letter of application highlighting your interest in science, a resume, transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, and two letters of recommendation (in sealed envelopes signed across the flap), preferably from instructors in the science disciplines. Only students committed to participating for the full 9 weeks should apply.

Please send applications by March 15,2011 to:

McLaughlin Research Institute
Attn: High School Student Programs
1520 23rd Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405
Undergraduate Research Program

The Institute offers opportunities for college students to gain first hand experience in research laboratory, contributing to projects at the forefront of scientific endeavor. This opportunity is open to talented individuals who aspire to careers in science including research, medicine, allied health professions, or teaching.

Successful applicants will spend 9 weeks (June 8 through August 10) in the laboratory of one of the Institute's faculty actively engaged in a current research project under the direction of the scientist, postdoctoral fellow, or research assistant. In addition to providing hands-on experience in investigational science, the students will observe and interact with high school and other college students, as well as teachers, in a laboratory learning environment rather than a classroom. Workshops, journal clubs, and seminars supplement the research experience. Each student will give a formal presentation at the end of the 9 weeks summarizing their project.

Stipends are paid to all students to minimize financial barriers to participation.

The application package should include a letter of application, a resume or cv highlighting any laboratory experience, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors in the science or math disciplines. Only students able to participate for the full 9 week program should apply.

Please send applications by March 15,2011 to:

McLaughlin Research Institute
Attn: College Student Summer Internship Program
1520 23rd Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405
Future Teacher Program (PDF brochure)

A new summer internship program is available for strong science students interested in careers in education. Students in their junior or senior year of high school or sophomore or junior year of college are eligible.

A Two-Summer Program
First Summer: Research

Successful applicants will spend 9 weeks, from June 8th through August 10th, in the laboratory of one of the Institutes faculty actively engaged in a current research project under the direction of the scientist, postdoctoral fellow, or research assistant. In addition to providing hands-on experience in investigational science, the students will observe and interact with other high school and college students and teachers in a laboratory learning environment rather than a classroom. Workshops, journal clubs, and seminars supplement the research experience. Each student will give a formal presentation at the end of the 9 weeks summarizing his/her project.

Second Summer: Teacher Cohort

The second summer provides students the opportunity to collaborate with teachers and MRI staff to develop innovative lab projects, curriculum supplements, and new approaches in science education.
The teacher cohort program runs for 8 weeks, from early June through early August. This experience will benefit both high school and undergraduate students committed to or interested in K-12.

Stipends are paid to all students to minimize financial barriers to participation.

The application package should include a letter of application, a resume or cv highlighting any laboratory experience, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors in the science or math disciplines. Only students able to participate for the full 9 week program should apply.

Please send applications by March 15, 2011 to:

McLaughlin Research Institute
Attn: Future Teacher Internship Program
1520 23rd Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405