Partnerships

In our ongoing effort to enhance the opportunities for the Program's participants, we have formed partnerships with the following organizations:
  • In 2005 the Program began an international teacher exchange program with Singapore's Ministry of Education. Two teachers from Columbia's Program visited the Singapore govenment schools while two Singapore science teachers worked in Columbia's research laboratories. While the exchange portion of the partnership has ended, two SRP teachers continue to visit Singapore government schools as guests of the Ministry of Education.
  • Beginning in July 2007, the Program has placed two teachers each year who recently completed the Summer Research Program in research laboratories at James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. JCU faculty who have been generous in opening their research groups to our teachers. To date, the following JCU faculty hosting SRP teachers are: Kirsten Heimann (6 times!), Morgan Pratchett, Dean Jerry, Lynne Van Herweden, David Blair, Christa Placzek, Carl Spandler, John Ginger, & Peter Ridd.

  • In 2008, Columbia's Astronomy Department developed the Rooftop Variables program whereby SRP teachers each year learn the fundamentals of observational astronomy.

  • In 2010, the Program developed a partnership with the Tenby Schools in Malaysia. To date, 8 SRP teachers have provided professional development to science teachers at their Setia Tenby Eco Park school over a 2 week period. The project will continue in 2014.

  • In 2012, with an award from NSF, the engineering RET program was launched. Forming, Advancing and Sustaining Teacher-Engineer Relationships (FASTER) has partnered with the Summer Research Program to share best practices and resources.

  • In 2012, Bank Street College partnered with the Summer Research Program to elevate the science instruction during the weekly seminars.