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Updated 01/19/2018



2018 Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

Applications are now open for NASA South Dakota Space Grant-supported, summer 2018 “Research Experience for Teachers” (RET).  The program provides $8,000 fellowship awards to two high school STEM teachers to participate in an 8-week research experience over summer 2018 under the mentorship of a university faculty or other professional researcher that works at an affiliate institution of the SD Space Grant Consortium.  It is a great opportunity and was well-received by the four teachers who won the $8,000 awards last summer.


RET 2018 Application & Instructions:


     Note: The single-page “Application Form” is downloadable in Word format at:


Questions and completed applications can be directed to Peggy Norris, Deputy Director, Education and Outreach, Sanford Underground Research Facility, 630 E. Summit St, Lead, SD 57754, Email:  Phone: 605-722-5049.

Grant Title: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Organization: National Science Foundation
Eligibility: Grades K-12 math or science teachers (K-6 and 7-12 in alternate years)
Value: Up to 108 awards of $10,000 each
Deadline: passed
Each year, the President of the United States recognizes outstanding mathematics and science teachers by bestowing upon them the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Awards are given to teachers in each state and four U.S. jurisdictions, including Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Schools; and the U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House. The 2007 PAEMST program will honor 7th thru 12th-grade mathematics and science teachers. Each awardee receives a $10,000 award from NSF and gifts from a broad range of donors. Awardees and their guests are honored during events that take place in Washington, D.C., over the course of a week-long celebration. These events include an awards ceremony, celebratory receptions and banquets, and professional development programs.


Grant Title: Computers for Learning
Organization: The federal government
Eligibility: Schools
Value: Surplus computers
Through its Computers for Learning program, the federal government has placed hundreds of thousands of surplus computers in schools across the country on a needs-first basis. Schools register and request equipment on the Computers for Learning web site, and federal agencies match their surplus equipment to schools with those needs. Most, but not all, of the available computers are Windows-based PCs rather than computers made by Apple. Most of the donated machines are older models, but as the government continues to upgrade its computer systems, the number of surplus Pentium computers will sharply increase. Computers and equipment are not refurbished by the government before being shipped to schools, nor are they covered by warranty.

Contact: (202) 501-3846,

Grant Title: CyberLearning Matching Grants
Organization: National Education Foundation
Eligibility: Schools
Value: Up to $10 million
CyberLearning, a project of the National Education Foundation, aims to help bridge the digital divide by giving K-12 schools, colleges, universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to receive matching grants to access more than 1,000 online courses in information technology (IT), management, and SAT preparation. Applicants must write a one-page proposal that describes their target population and how they would use the courses to improve the IT, management, or SAT skills of this population, including students, teachers, and staff. One-year matching grants ranging from $30,000 to $10 million are awarded to applicants based on the poverty level of the target populations or communities. Recent awards include $50,000 to Seattle Shoreline Community College, $250,000 to the New Haven School District in Connecticut, and $4,000,000 to the New Jersey State Department of Education to train 75,000 disadvantaged high school students and teachers.

Contact: Claudia Kay, (703) 823-9999,

Grant Title: SunWise School Program
Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Eligibility: Grades K-8 educators
Value: Curriculum materials
The SunWise School Program is an environmental and health education program that aims to teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. Through the use of classroom-, school-, and community-based components, SunWise seeks to develop sustained sun-safe behaviors in schoolchildren. SunWise Partner Schools receive materials that facilitate cross-curricular classroom learning.


Grant Title: The GLOBE Program
Organization: The National Science Foundation
Eligibility: U.S. school teachers
Value: Professional development
The GLOBE program, which stands for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, is a hands-on, school-based science and education program. It was formed through a partnership between several organizations including the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The program teaches students how to research environmental topics while encouraging them to share their findings via the web. Specifically, the program provides resources for students to monitor the environment through the use of soil samples, atmospheric readings, land cover, and phenology. Teachers also benefit from this program through free training at GLOBE workshops, complementary educational videos, and continuous access to a teacher's help desk.


Grant Title: The Upward Bound Program
Organization: U.S. Department of Education
The Upward Bound Math and Science Program is designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science. Secondary schools are eligible for this grant if there are no other applicants capable of providing an Upward Bound project in the area. The grant is targeted for institutions of higher education, public and private agencies and organizations, including community and faith-based organizations.



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