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High School Science Teachers and Research Partners

When high school science faculty can grow their skills and experience by participating in advanced research, their students and schools will benefit. The Murdock Trust created the Partners in Science Program to give these teachers this valuable learning opportunity. Learn more below:

Partners in Science Program

Deadline: December 1
Awards Announced: Early March
Before Starting Your Application: Review the Guidelines for Partners in Science Program and the Instructions and Checklist.
To Start a New Application: Create your new Partners in Science application (only use this link once).
To Complete the Application and All Other Grant Administration: Log in through the Grants Portal (Fluxx)

2019 Dates
Regional Conference (PNW) – August 8-9, 2019 | Vancouver, WA

2020 Dates
National Conference – January 17-18 | San Diego, CA (Submit your workshop proposal here)
Regional Conference (PNW) – August 4-7 | Vancouver, WA

Using the Partners in Science and/or Murdock Trust Logos
If you would like to use the Partners in Science and/or Murdock Trust logos for your poster or oral presentation, please refer to this branding guide

This unique program pairs high school science teachers with a mentor doing cutting-edge research in an academic lab or a lab associated with another nonprofit institution. The Trust awards approximately 25 Partners in Science grants each year to fund these teacher-mentor research opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help teachers bring knowledge from the research lab directly into the classroom to promote hands-on science education. After reading the program Guidelines and the Instructions and Checklist, the research mentor or the high school teacher may begin the application process through the Grants Portal. As stated in the Guidelines, the completed application must be submitted by the mentor’s institution.

Partners in Science work occurs over the course of two summers. After the first summer, partners develop a brief pictorial poster showing their research to date for presentation at the National Partners in Science conference. After the second year of work with their mentors, partners return to the conference to deliver an oral presentation on their progress.

Teachers are expected to arrange their own partnerships, although the Trust has provided a list of some potential research projects submitted by scientists from the Pacific Northwest who are willing to serve as mentors in the Partners in Science Program. Additionally, a list of individuals who have agreed to serve as contact persons at their respective institutions for the Partners in Science Program is available on this institutional contact list by state.

Teachers who have completed a regular (two-summer) Partners in Science grant are eligible to apply through their high schools for a Supplemental Partners in Science grant. Here is a list of recent regular Partners awards and supplemental Partners awards.  Download the Guidelines for Partners in Science Program to learn more.

Download the brochure.

If you are a current or veteran Partners in Science program partner, click here to access the current Partners Directory. Partners are listed in the Directory alphabetically by state and last name within their award year. To update your email address(es) and/or phone number(s), contact Marybeth Stewart Goon.

Partner Teachers Receiving Recognition

A growing list of our teachers’ research being published or recognized in the news: