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Pre- or in-service elementary teachers (USA Citizens Only).

Stipend and Expenses

Each participating teacher receives a $6,000 stipend.

In addition, housing and meals are provided, and teachers will also receive support for travel. Research and other program expenses are covered.

Housing and meals are available on campus; otherwise, a modest housing/meal allowance will be provided.

Schedule and format

This is a six-week, in-person program that takes place in Bozeman, Montana.

The 2023 program begins Monday, June 26 through Friday, Aug. 4 (weekdays only).

This is essentially a full-time research commitment for six weeks (program calendar below), though schedule exceptions may be possible in consultation with the research mentor and RET Program leadership.

In addition to research, participants will engage in weekly curriculum development workshops and interactive off-campus tours of industrial and cultural sites.

Weekly Schedule 2023 (Example -- exact activities may change)

June 26

Orientation/Meet Research Mentors. Out-of-town participants may check in to campus housing on Sunday, June 25.

June 27

Orientation/Meet Research Mentors

June 28

Begin Research
June 29

June 30

Research Plans Submitted

July 3

July 4


July 5

July 6


July 7

Research Plans Revised

July 10


July 11
July 12

July 13


July 14

July 17

July 18
July 19

July 20


July 21

July 24

July 25
July 26

July 27


July 28

Prepare SSI Presentations

July 31

STEM Summer
Institute educator conference (SSI) at MSU

Aug. 1


Aug. 2


Aug. 3

Finalize Research/Curricula

Aug. 4

Finalize Research/Curricula

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This project is supported by award #2055138 from the National Science Foundation.