South Research Experience for Teachers Program Continues to Provide Growth for Local Educators
Posted on August 31, 2022 by Na Gong
Another great summer for teachers and faculty come to a conclusion. Twelve middle school and high school teachers from Mobile and Baldwin counties participated in 2022 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program. This year’s program was to work with and provide research experience for selected teachers who were the second cohort of a three-year project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). During the six-week summer program, teachers worked with the University of South Alabama faculty and student team on discovery-based research projects on artificial intelligence (AI) and cancer detection. This fall, the teachers are working with the team to develop and teach AI-integrated curricula in their middle- or high-school STEM classes. For South, this program offers an opportunity to improve teacher experiences and the recruitment of students to engineering and computing related programs.
Twelve middle school and high school teachers, the 2022 cohort, from Mobile and Baldwin counties participated in this year’s RET program (two teachers were not present for the photo).
RET Leadership Team includes, left to right, Dr. Silas Leavesley, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Dr. Jinhui Wang, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Dr. Na Gong, Warren Nicholson professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Dr. Shenghua Zha, assistant professor of counseling and instructional sciences.
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