Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program

In 2015, the SC INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) network received an $18 million NIH award. In 2017, the State of South Carolina was awarded a $20 million NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 award, MADE in SC. Consisting of the state’s three comprehensive universities (USC, MUSC and Clemson), in collaboration with partner institutions throughout the state, these two programs serve to expand biomedical research capacity and strengthen our focus on advanced materials research.

In an effort to strengthen the pipeline of SC K-12 students that are ready to engage in biomedical and advanced materials research and building upon the success of the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program at Furman University, these combined initiatives will support 14 teachers per year.

Managed from Furman University, the SC RET program will enable teachers to engage in a six-week immersion research experience at an institution in their local area. These experiences (the first for many SC teachers) expose teachers to modern research methods and allow them to link their research activities to classroom activities designed to increase their students’ knowledge and awareness of science. Teachers will be directed in carrying out unique, individualized research projects resulting in scientific presentation at the RET poster session in late summer/early fall.

This program represents a full time commitment (~40 hours per week) and provides financial support ($3,000 each) to participants. Teachers selected for the research experience may register for ED PD 662, Research Experience for STEM Teachers, 4-6 credit hours of recertification/professional development credit. Course serves to connect summer research experience with tangible teaching artifacts to bring back into the classroom. Course credit is offered through the Furman University Office of Graduate Studies.

To learn more about this program or for more information including applications, listings of research projects and potential mentors, please contact: John Kaup, PhD, SC RET Coordinator (Furman University), 864.294.3773,,

Download PDF of RET Program overview

To learn more, visit Furman’s RET page


Several of the high school teachers who participated in RET Summer 2018 presented posters at SC INBRE’s 2018 Science Symposium.