October 1, 2010. This poster was presented at the Teacher Research Experience (TRE) Conference hosted in Washington, D.C. October 19-22, 2010. Three representatives of STAR attended: John Keller, Director for Cal Poly's Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME); Jeff Corbett, Senior Scientist, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Christy Bedayan, Science and AVID teacher, Fesler Junior High School.
The Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program provides pre-service and early career science and math teachers with paid summer internships in national, independent, and university laboratories thereby allowing participants to pursue a prestigious dual "teacher-researcher" career path. With the guidance of a research mentor, STAR Fellows work on original science projects for 8 to 10 weeks. Weekly education workshops and an opening and closing conference provide context and opportunities for STAR Fellows to consider how the "doing of science" may be translated into the "teaching of science." At the closing conference STAR Fellows present their research in a poster session or oral presentation. The ultimate goals of the STAR program are to enhance the recruitment, preparation, and retention of quality science and math teachers. The STAR program was founded and implemented by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME) and administered on behalf of the California State University (CSU) system. Through 2010, the program's fourth year, STAR has provided 156 internships for participants representing 21 CSU and 9 others campuses and has included placements at 15 different lab sites.
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly SLO)