Summer Teacher Opportunities for Research in STEM (STORS)

The goals of the QU-STORS program are to:

  • Give K-12 science teacher participants a robust STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) research experience
  • Develop K-12 science teachers' STEM-discipline knowledge, understanding and skills through working as part of a cutting edge research team
  • Develop relationships between QU STEM faculty and K-12 science teachers within the state of Connecticut through working together as part of STEM research teams

The QU-STORS program is a commuter program designed for K-12 science teachers interested in working with QU STEM faculty who are focused on cutting edge research within their areas of interest. The teacher participants work full-time as part of a research team at Quinnipiac for a minimum of four weeks during summer break. The exact time of the research experience will be negotiated between the teacher participants and the collaborating QU faculty member.

As part of this research experience, the teachers are asked to share their experiences with their K-12 science communities by presenting at either an in-school professional development or at an education or research conference. 

Program stipend payment available for teacher participants: $3,000

2013 Dates:
Four week, full-time sessions take place within the month of July or August 2013 as arranged with the QU faculty who leads the research team of projects being offered to the QU-SHORS program.

2013 Projects Available:
Magie Lab Research
Researchers in the Magie lab study embryonic development, the process through which a single-celled egg becomes an entire multicellular organism. Researchers are particularly interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of forms and structures in the embryo, and the ways these mechanisms have evolved to generate animal diversity. The primary model organism is the starlet sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis, which is a member of the Cnidaria (the group of animals that includes jellyfish, corals and sea anemones). Cnidarians are the sister group to the bilaterians, which are bilaterally-symmetric organisms such as the fruit fly, mouse and human. Comparing what is learned about development in Nematostella to what is known about developmental mechanisms in other organisms promises to provide important insights into the earliest events in animal evolution. For more information please visit the lab website.

Application Process:
Applications are now closed for the 2013 QU-STORS program.  The application process for 2014 will open in February 2014.

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