This unique program engages secondary science teachers in authentic and innovative research experiences in a university lab or other research institution so these teachers will more effectively guide their students through the processes of science in creating new knowledge. The program enables teachers (Partners) and academic scientists (Mentors) to collaborate in the advancement of science, with the goal that both will grow professionally in the process.
Since the program’s inception in 1990, Partners in Science has granted over $12Mand worked with over 600 teachers, over 300 scientists, and over 50 research institutions.
In June 2023, the Murdock Trust approved the transition to a different program delivery model. Similar to the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Sites grant, the Trust is seeking grant applications to fund research experiences for secondary science teachers on university campuses or qualified research institutions. Institutions (individually or collaboratively with other nearby institutions) can apply for a renewable three-year grant to run the research experience for three or more partnerships each year. Grantee institutions would be responsible for recruiting, supporting the partnerships through providing research opportunities and professional development, and administering the grant.
After reading the program guidelines and instructions, the Lead Principal Investigator will begin the application process through the grants portal. The completed application must be submitted by the PI’s institution.
Partners in Science work occurs over the course of two summers. After the first summer, Partners participate in two Trust-provided conferences—the August Regional Conference and the January Partners in Science Conference. Partners develop a pictorial poster showing their research to date for presentation at the January Partners in Science conference. After the second year of work with Mentors, Partners return to the conference to deliver an oral presentation on their progress.
For more information on Partners in Science, please email Kim Newman.
Partners in Science At a Glance
Partners In Science Overview
Learn all about Partners in Science, a program of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
The Impact of Partners in Science District Wide
The Partners in Science program has a wide reach. Hear about how it’s impacted a school district in Idaho.
Partners In Science – Centralia High School
Educators and students at Centralia High School in Washington share how the program positively impacts their school.
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