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RET Program Information

This page has specific information about the details of the Physics Research Experience for Teachers at Brigham Young University. General information about the program can be found using the General Information link in the Teachers category to the left.

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Applications can be submitted by filling out the form you can access in the Applying link under Teachers to the left. Please also have your principal or assistant principal send us an email, fax, or paper letter of recommendation. We will notify you within a week of recieving your application. Slots will be filled with qualified applications on a first come, first served basis so it is to your advantage to apply early.

Period of Program

The program nominally runs over the same period as the REU program. In 2015, this is from June 8 through August 14. We recognize that some teachers might have scheduling problems due to their district's academic schedule. We are willing to make adjustments to the time period if that works for the Research Advisor as well. Our experience is that teachers have the best experience if they can participate in the program for a full ten weeks. We are willing to be flexible with that period if necessary to accomodate individual circumstances.


Travel costs for participants coming from outside the State of Utah are covered for participants in the program. If participants choose to drive rather than fly, they will be reimbursed for equivalent least-expensive air fare.

Stipends and Housing

To the extent that the budget permits, participants will be compensated at the same rate that they get for teaching during the academic year. In some cases, we may not be able to quite meet this stipend for relatively highly-compensated teachers depending on the participating of others in the program.

In addition to a stipend, out-of-area RET participant will receive an allowance to cover the cost of room and board while participating in the program. The allowance is usually sufficient to cover the costs of the participants themselves. If a participant chooses to bring their family with them, they may need to pay for some of the cost of housing for their family out of their stipend.

Research Projects

Participants will be involved in a research project agreed upon with their faculty advisor and the RET program administrator. The student links include some example projects available in various areas.

Continuing Education Credits

Eligible participants may received BYU graduate credit for their participation in this program. The cost of tuition and fees is covered as part of the grant.

Laboratory Equipment Grant

We are anxious for participating teachers to be able to apply their summer research experiences in their classrooms when they return. One way we will help you integrate your summer experience in your instruction is to provide you with appropriate laboratory equipment you can bring back with you to use int the classroom. The equipment will be chosen by the participating teacher in consultation with their faculty advisor and the REU administrator.

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