Fellowship Opportunity: Science Education Research – Dual Science Education and Research Program Mentorship – Silver Spring, MD
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research carries out research to develop infectious disease countermeasures and to benefit brain health through studies to enhance our understanding of sleep, traumatic brain injury prevention/treatment and psychological resilience.
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is seeking fellows interested in science education and science education research. WRAIR conducts summer science education programming (www.usaeop.com/program/GEMS) in the WRAIR teaching laboratory while also carrying out school-year research in area schools to determine the best methodologies for teaching science. The intent of this research is to reinvent pre-college science teaching with an additional emphasis on underrepresented groups (i.e., people of color) in STEM careers. Incoming fellows will participate in a preparatory training that covers human subjects research, research ethics, basic laboratory techniques, laboratory safety, and science education strategies, to facilitate their transition into the program. Fellows will design and lead weekly, hands-on laboratory investigations and create novel teaching lessons based on WRAIR research and the curriculum requirements of participating area schools. The fellow will receive a comprehensive research and teaching experience.
Where will I be located?
Silver Spring, Maryland
What is the anticipated start date?
WRAIR is ready to make appointments immediately. Exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and internships or fellowships will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.
This appointment is a twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by WRAIR. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
- Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
- Relocation Allowance
- Training and Travel Allowance
The qualified candidate will be currently pursuing or will have received a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree within the past 5 years.
Highly competitive applicants will have superior academic performance; strong analytical, research and communication (oral and written) skills; demonstrated capacity for creative thinking; a strong technical background; expertise in a STEM-related field; and be interested in research, mentoring, STEM teaching and student development. Experience with curriculum development highly valued.
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