2017 Program Information

Application Information

The inaugural CATALySES program will be held June 18 – 30 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The program consists of day and evening activities. On-campus housing is provided. Applicants must commit to being present and engaged in all components of the two-week summer institute.

We are no longer accepting applications for this summer.  

Application packets consist of the application, 3-4 reasonably short personal statements, and a signed school support statement.

Applications can be submitted online, typically from December through mid-March. The support statement can be uploaded within your application or emailed separately to catalyses@cpet.ufl.edu. The pdf version of the application is provided here for informational and preplanning purposes only. Please complete and submit the online version to apply to the program.

CATALySES Application (pdf version for informational purposes only; online applications are closed)

CATALySES School Support Statement

CATALySES Program Information

CATALySES: Emerging Pathogens is a partnership program, joining the talents of high school teachers and university research faculty and students. For the partnership to be successful with measurable outcomes, teachers must commit to the following:

  • Attend the two-week NIH SEPA CATALySES Institute at UF (June 18 – 30, 2017) and create an Action Proposal, incorporating emerging pathogens research into a classroom-ready unit;
  • Implement Action Proposals in classrooms during fall 2017;
  • Model and promote learning via authentic science and engineering practices;
  • Provide in-service training to other teachers in school or district where possible;
  • Share progress with CATALySES program participants, coordinators, and evaluators;
  • Support research team efforts to secure IRB approval from the school and gather student and parent consent to participate;
  • Present results of Action Proposal at Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium (JSEHS) held at UF (January 28 – 30, 2018) and in a format publishable on the internet.

It is essential for the participant’s school and district to provide modest support to insure successful local implementation of the CATALySES: Emerging Pathogens partnership program. For the partnership to be successful with measurable outcomes, schools must commit to the following:

  • Encourage and support teachers in implementing school Action Research Proposals including supporting IRB protocol and student data gathering;
  • Permit CATALySES staff to visit the classroom for observation and support as the teacher requests;
  • Allow release to report Action Proposal results at JSEHS and professional meetings (2-3 days/year);
  • Promote and support teacher leadership of inservice training at school and district levels;
  • Recognize teachers for their extended inservice, service-learning and community-oriented activities, and CATALySES-related curricular development and testing;

The CATALySES Partnership commits the following to participating teachers:

  • $1300 stipend for successful completion of the summer institute and program requirements;
  • Access to biotechnology equipment and emerging pathogens activity lockers;
  • Professional on-site support for classroom activities;
  • Continued communication and assistance from UF partners;
  • Expertise and support in modifying curricula to align with national and state standards;
  • Priority seating in other workshops for teachers offered by the University of Florida and coordinated by CPET;
  • Opportunity to participate in subsequent summer research internships in UF research laboratories.