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nano@illinois Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Application

After completing this online application, you will be directed on the process to submit your unofficial transcripts, resume/CV, and an administrator letter of recommendation.

Thank you for your interest in the nano@illinois RET program. If you have any questions about the nano@illinois RET, please contact:

Carrie Kouadio
nano@illinois RET Program Coordinator

Contact Information
Professional Information
Please enter your school’s student population information here (to the best of your abilities) including these categories: Racial/Ethnic Diversity, Low Income Students, Students with Disabilities, English Learners, Homeless
Biographical Information
Please note that NSF allows the participation of U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and permanent residents only in the nano@illinois RET program. We will require proof of citizenship/permanent residency if you are accepted into the program.

Ethnicity Information Required by nano@illinois RET

Academic Information
Previous Research Experience
Statement of Purpose

In 500-800 words, please type your statement of purpose in the box below. Please feel free to cut and paste your statement from a Word document (NOTE: formatting from Word will not copy). If applying as part of a team, please discuss your team’s history of effective collaborations. Please note that each teacher must submit an application.

Your statement should address the following issues:

  1. Explain how the nano@illinois RET will benefit you and your students/school.
  2. Discuss your interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

If you applying for a second year in the program, please also address the following:

  1. Explain how you have integrated experiences from the nano@illinois RET program into your classroom since your summer participation.
  2. Discuss any module(s) developed as part of the nano@illinois RET program (i.e. titles, descriptions, use in classroom, levels and numbers of students who participated, observed student outcomes, etc.)
  3. Please describe how the nano@illinois RET program would benefit from your participation as a master teacher.
Research Interests
Please note that we will do our best to match you with your preferred project/faculty mentor, but that this cannot be guaranteed. Projects are subject to vary at faculty mentors' and management team's discretion.

By clicking "Submit Application," I authorize the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate College to share my personal and educational data that I provide using this online form, in addition to any supplemental information I provide. My information will only be shared with potential faculty mentors and relevant staff. This consent applies to education data that may otherwise be protected under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1232g, also known as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment. This authorization will remain in effect until I rescind it in writing.

Personal Information Sharing

Without your permission to share the application data, we cannot process an application for you. If you have any questions, contact Carrie Kouadio at

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