17 Teachers Finish Program for 2023 South Research Experience

Posted on August 1, 2023 by Derik Wolfe
Derik Wolfe

2023 RET Program at South with students and faculty. Picture taken in atrium at Shelby Hall. data-lightbox='featured'
2023 RET Program at South

As our largest cohort, 17 middle school and high school teachers from Mobile and Baldwin counties participated in 2023 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, which was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). During the six-week summer program from June 5-July 13, 2023, teachers worked with South faculty and a student team on discovery-based research projects on artificial intelligence (AI) and cancer detection. This fall and next spring, the teachers will work with the team to develop and teach AI-integrated curricula in their middle- or high-school STEM classes. RET Leadership Team includes Dr. Na Gong, Warren Nicholson Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Shenghua Zha, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Instructional Sciences, Dr. Silas Leavesley, Interim Chair and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Dr. Jinhui Wang, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This cohort is also the last cohort of our 3-year RET program; next year, K-12 teachers will be recruited to participate in our Edge AI Summer Research Program which is supported by another NSF grant - RII Track 2 FEC: Building Research Infrastructure and Workforce in Edge Artificial Intelligence (#2218046).

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