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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
To Learn More: Read the Guidelines for Partners in Science Program.

2018 Dates
National Conference – January 12-13, 2018 – San Diego, CA
Regional Conference (PNW) – August 9-10, 2018 – Vancouver, WA

2019 Dates
National Conference – January 18-19, 2019 – San Diego, CA – Download the Workshop Proposal Form
Regional Conference (PNW) – August 8-9, 2019 – Vancouver, WA

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, the application form may be downloaded and returned with other required documents as a completed packet to app@murdocktrust.org. As stated in the Guidelines, the completed application packet 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 brochure to learn more.

Partner Teachers Receiving Recognition

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