M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


Partnering secondary school science teachers with research mentors to expand their scientific horizons

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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 $12M and worked with over 600 teachers, over 300 scientists, and over 50 research institutions.

The Process

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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.

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