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Research Experience for Teachers

The RET program at CBBG allows local, STEM-focused K-12 teachers and community college faculty to participate in cutting-edge laboratory research and use our test bed facilities. In addition, teachers engage in curriculum development to develop a grade-level appropriate lesson plan based on their project research to be implemented in their classrooms.


CBBG RET Information Flyer

CBBG RET Project Descriptions (coming soon)

Program Overview

The Center for Bio-mediated & Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) whose headquarters are located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. The goal of the CBBG is to develop sustainable biologically-controlled and -inspired solutions in the areas of:

  • Hazard mitigation
  • Environmental protection and restoration
  • Infrastructure construction
  • Subsurface Exploration and Excavation

We are seeking K-12 and community college teachers that are interested in engaging with the Center in these objectives through a financially supported summer Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program in the CBBG laboratories at the ASU campus. Teachers will have the opportunity to directly participate in research as well as develop a related lesson plan that they will take back and incorporate into their own classroom in the coming academic year.

Program Dates

May 30 – June 30, 2023

Program Locations

  • Arizona State University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Davis

Program Benefits

  • $6000 stipend
  • Additional stipend for lesson implementation ($2000)
  • Lab experience
  • Curriculum development support during the summer
  • Support for lesson plan implementation during the school year
  • Professional development training

Program Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • K- 12 STEM teacher or community college STEM faculty (Specifically those that teach earth science, sustainability, biology, geoscience, and chemistry)
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week for entire 5-week program
  • Teachers (or those serving students) with disabilities, veterans, and those from diverse groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM programs are encouraged to apply

Program Application

Applications due March 10, 2023, and will require the following:

  1. A completed online application (coming soon)
  2. A brief resume/CV
  3. A professional letter of recommendation (department chair, principal, colleague, etc.).

Applications due: March 10, 2023


Dr. Jean Larson, CBBG Education Director | | (480) 965-7804