Research Opportunities for High School Students and Teachers

Students Modeling a Research Topic (SMART) Teams

In this multi-faceted program, students develop teamwork as they delve into the molecular world, explore science as a process and not just a collection of facts, and work closely with a researcher to understand and model the structure-function relationship of a protein the researcher studies. After designing and building a model of the protein using Rapid Prototyping technology, SMART teams create an oral presentation explaining their work to a lay audience and a poster which is presented to a scientific audience.

Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS)

UWM Upward Bound Math and Science is an academic support pre-college program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, and sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The program works with students in grades 9-12 to help them realize their potential to excel in math and science, and encourage them to pursue a postsecondary degree in these fields.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

RET at UWM is supported by the National Science Foundation and is administered through the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Geosciences, and the Manfred Olsen Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. The general objectives the RET program are: to improve the quality of local science teaching and thus stimulate the interest and imaginations of students who might not otherwise pursue science studies at college; to further develop and nurture the links between UWM and the local and extended educational community; to further the professional development of high school instructional staff; and to allow educators to develop specific teaching projects which they will take back to and use in their classrooms; to develop online courses to support the continuing education of high school science teachers in Wisconsin. A major goal of the program is to seek ways of improving the quality of teacher training and providing enrichment and support for in-service teachers.