The CalTeach Summer Research Institute is an eight-week program for math, science, and engineering undergraduates from across the UC system who are interested in pursuing a career in education. Participants conduct research on campus or in nearby labs while also taking a weekly seminar series focused on how to engage K-12 students with data literacy and authentic research practices.
Summer Research Institute (SRI) students spend approximately 36 hours per week in the lab or with their research group, where they support the ongoing work of their faculty or post-doctoral research mentor. We work with applicants to find placements that match their interests or background among the diverse research opportunities on and near campus. Placements cover a wide variety of research disciplines; last summer alone we placed students in fields ranging from astrophysics to environmental engineering to math education. The research experience culminates with a poster presentation highlighting the work conducted over the summer.
SRI students also attend a weekly four-hour seminar, Integrating Research Methods into K–12 Teaching in Mathematics & Science (EDSTEM189). Through this course, SRI participants explore ways to integrate research techniques and skills into lessons for K–12 math and science classrooms. The course explores lesson planning and successful teaching methods through engaging demonstrations, and emphasizes collaborative design and review of lesson components. EDSTEM189 satisfies the research methods component of the Cal Teach minor.
Summer Institute participants receive a $6300 stipend. The program coincides with UC Berkeley's Summer Session C, which runs between June 20 - August 12. Students accepted into the program must enroll in EDSTEM189. For those seeking to meet the 6-unit financial aid threshold, there are additional options available; please speak with SRI staff to discuss a plan that may work for you.
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