NSF Research Experiences for Teachers

Inquiry-based Bioengineering Research and Design Experiences for Middle-School Teachers

Terri Camesano and Kristen Billiar, co-PIs


For this program, WPI recruited a total of 20 middle-school science teachers (~7 per year) primarily from Worcester Public Schools to participate in a 6-week long intensive summer research experience in the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park, a newly constructed facility that houses all of WPI's research facilities in bioengineering. Teachers worked alongside faculty and graduate students, participating in high-level research projects in fields such as tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and infection control on biomaterials. The long-term goals of WPI's RET in Engineering Site program were to motivate and improve middle school student-learning in engineering and establish a collaborative partnership between the Worcester middle-school teachers and WPI engineering faculty through inquiry-based experiences in bioengineering.

Teacher Role

 For information on teacher's role and time commitment go to Role of Teacher and Time Commitment

Faculty & Research

 For information on participating faculty members and research areas go to Faculty Mentors and Research Areas.

Target Participants

Middle-school science or mathematics teachers with an interest in biomedical engineering and inquiry-based learning techniques.


For information on pay, graduate credits, professional development, etc. go to Logistics and Benefits

Program Dates 

The dates are June 23, 2014 to July 31, 2014. These dates may be adjusted if Worcester Public Schools extends their school year due to snow days.

The time commitment was 6-weeks, 40hr per week, flexible hours, plus 2 follow-up workshops during the following school year.


Life Science and Bioengineering Center at Gateway ParkWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester, MA

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Questions Please contact Prof. Camesano at terric@wpi.edu, or you may call Ms. Felicia Vidito at +1-508-831-5250.