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The Frontiers in Physiology Research Teacher (RT) Fellowship engages teachers in cutting-edge physiology research along with year-long professional development activities that help them create a more student-centered and inquiry-based classroom. It does NOT ask teachers to add materials to their curriculum. Instead it provides tools for refining how they use their state mandated curriculum to create authentic science experiences that engage students and promote achievement. RTs participate in three major program components:

  • Experiencing Scientific Research
  • Exploring Effective Pedagogy
  • Enhancing Classroom Materials

 

EXPERIENCING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

  • What do basic and clinical research scientists do?
  • How do they decide which research questions to explore?
  • How do they share their findings?
  • How and why do they use animals in research?
  • How do they train future scientists?
  • How does research contribute to our understanding of diseases and how to treat them?
  • What does it feel like to investigate a question that no one has tackled before?
  • What are the contributions of basic and clinical research to public health?

These are some of the questions that RTs explore during their Summer Research Experience. Each RT spends 7-8 weeks working full-time on a research project in a physiology research lab close to their home. RTs work closely with an APS member, as well as the graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research associates in the laboratory group. They also participate in other professional activities such as seminars and journal clubs.

The Experimental Biology Meeting is the culminating event of the research experience in the spring. RTs learn about research findings presented by more than 10,000 scientists, present their own research, engage in a full-day teacher workshop, and are honored at a special awards luncheon (see link to Experimental Biology meeting in Resources below)

 

EXPLORING EFFECTIVE PEDAGOGY

Because RTs hail from across the nation, all readings, interactive discussions, and reflections on teaching and the APS Six Star Science framework (see Resources below) are done online. RTs also engage in hands-on, inquiry-based activities such as studying animal behavior or modeling the cardiovascular system. In some years, the Fellowship includes an intensive summer workshop week, the Science Teaching Forum. RTs take a break from the lab for a dynamic week of pedagogy exploration, sharing, and brainstorming. Fellows work with APS staff, physiologists and teacher mentors to explore and practice effective teaching methods focused on the APS Six Star Science framework: integrating inquiry, equity, technology, content, assessment, and reflection into their classrooms.

ENHANCING CLASSROOM MATERIALS

Throughout the year, RTs work with their teacher mentors and APS staff to enhance and field test an inquiry-based classroom activity. Activities are published by the APS in print and online via the LifeSciTRC of Teaching Resources. Mini-grants for materials and supplies are available to all RTs to field test their new activities.

For application information and deadlines, click on “Application Information” at left.
If you are interested in serving as a Research Host for a teacher, click on “Research Host Information” at left.
For past awardees, click on “Awardees” at left.

Resources

Experimental Biology (EB) Meeting

The EB meeting brings together more than 10,000 researchers annually.

Six Star Science for Student-Centered Learning

APS’ principles for creating a student-centered classroom that addresses the needs of diverse students.

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