2019 Program Information

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Applications for the 2019 CATALySES: Emerging Pathogens program are now available! Please click the link above to apply and contact us at the email below if you have any questions or issues. All Florida teachers are welcome to apply but preference will be given to high school teachers who have not yet participated in CATALySES or one of our previous biomedical teacher programs (iCore, Bench to Bedside).

Dates:June 16-28 2019 (1st application deadline March 15, 2019)

For:High School Science Teachers

Program email: catalyses@cpet.ufl.edu

Stipend: $1300

Dorm and some meals provided. This program consists of day and evening activities. Applicants must commit to being present and engaged in all components of the two-week summer institute.

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 (Summer, 2018) and create an Action Research Proposal, incorporating emerging pathogens research into a classroom-ready unit;
  • Implement Action Research Proposals in classrooms during the 2018/2019 school year;
  • 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 (February 10 -12, 2019) 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 Research 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:

  • 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.