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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, 13th 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 for the free, ASRT Program has closed. If you are interested in receiving information for the 2025 application which will open in October 2024, please contact open us via message or email.

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