The primary aim of Columbia University's Summer Research Program for Science Teachers is to provide New York metropolitan area K-12 science teachers with sustained hands-on experience in scientific research so they can better understand the practice of science, better transmit to their students and fellow teachers a feeling for its practice.  The program serves four major purposes:

  • SCIENCE CONTENT: Teachers participate in an informal seminar on a topic of broad general interest led by Columbia faculty or a speaker from another of New York’s science-rich institutions
  • SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: Teachers describe their research to one another at regularly scheduled oral presentations or poster sessions
  • SCIENCE TEACHING: Teachers discuss common problems and exchange ideas on what works in the classroom
  • PEER COACHING: Second-year participants provide guidance to their first-year colleagues

The Summer Research Program was founded in 1990 by Dr. Samuel C. Silverstein, Professor of Physiology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The Program's Administrator is Karen Allis.

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