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How to Apply for the ASRT Program

  • Both Science Fair Directors and High School Teachers should consider applying for the free, in-person, customized, Advancing Science/STEM Research Teaching Program (ASRT). Links to apply at the bottom of this page.

    The Advancing Science/STEM Research Teaching 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

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

  • is typically 4.5 days of in-person professional development during the summer months, with follow-up support, as needed, via Zoom during the school year. If it is held during the school year then it is typically a
    3 - 3.5 day in-person workshop
    followed up by online sessions 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

  • is customized to help teachers reach their goals and overcome obstacles specific to their school/region

  • 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, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

    The ASRT Application:

  • launches in October and closes on Monday, November, 14th at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

  • 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 (up to 20), for a week of free, customizable, professional development

  • The Science Fair Director would be responsible for organizing the group and providing a location for the ASRT workshop in their region.|

    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 STEM/Science research 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 will open in early October and will remain open until mid November 2023.

  • Link to apply for High School Teachers:  Link will be posted here 

  • Link to apply for Science Fair Directors: Link will be posted here

  • Please remember that the online application deadline is (date will appear here) at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time).

  • Feel free to email with any questions.

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