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About the ASRT Program

Advancing Science/STEM Research Teaching
is made possible by funding from Regeneron and ZEISS

Advancing Science/STEM Research Teaching (ASRT) Program...

  • is a week-long, in-person, professional development workshop focused on curriculum, activities and guides to support high school teachers involved in providing science/STEM research opportunities for their students

  • is free thanks to funding from Regeneron and ZEISS

  • takes place at a location that you choose, which is typically in/near your school or where your science fair is hosted

  • is typically 4.5 days of in-person professional development with follow-up sessions, as needed, via Zoom during the school year

  • provides a curriculum filled with numerous activities and guides that can be customized by teachers who provide research opportunities within a traditional STEM classroom setting, or those with a small, growing research program/club, or even those with more established Science Research Programs/Clubs


  • provides information and insight regarding all stages of the student research process and the opportunities for students to present in public, including in science fairs and other competitive/non-competitive venues

  • has worked with teachers/Fair Directors from urban, suburban and rural areas and from a wide variety of states including; California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

The ASRT Application:

  • launches in October and closes in mid/late November

  • is open to all high school teachers who support students involved in science/STEM research projects from small, medium or large schools

  • is open to all Science Fair Directors, from small, medium or large, science fairs, that would like to bring together a group of high school, and potentially middle school, teachers for a week of free, customizable, professional development

  • will be available by link on this website and in an email sent to all ISEF-affiliated fair directors with the hope it will be passed along to all high school teachers

The ASRT selection process:
Applicants will be evaluated by a committee from Regeneron and/or ZEISS, on the basis of a number of different criteria including, but not limited to:

  • an interest in increasing students' understanding & critical thinking, technology-based skills, networking/communication skills and presentation skills.

  • an interest in increasing the number of high school students who carry out projects and/or the quality/level of those projects.

  • an interest in increasing the types/categories of the projects that their students are able to be involved in.

  • an interest in increasing participation in regional, state, national and international science fairs with students of all background/cultures/academic levels

  • the level of support from the school community and their administration for creating science research/STEM opportunities for high school students.

The high school teacher(s) or science fair director(s) who are selected as "Finalists" will receive multiple days of in-person consulting sessions (typically 4.5 days), at or near their school(s) as well as the opportunity to have follow-up sessions online (Zoom/Google Meet) throughout the year.

Additional teachers/Fair Directors may be selected as "Semifinalists" and will receive 2 days of consulting via an online/virtual format.

Teachers and/or Science Fair Directors who have applied will receive an email regarding whether or not they were selected by early December.

The application for the 2023 ASRT program has closed. Please email if you would like to be notified when the 2024 applications opens in fall of 2023.

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