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This page duplicates the information distributed in the resource booklets at the "Partnering for Education and Research" Forum.
(One of these days, we'll clean it up to look a bit nicer:)


Our outreach programs are focused on connecting the science of JINA with K-12 students and teachers. Our goals include contributing to science education at all levels, reaching the public (primarily through the internet), and increasing diversity in the field of nuclear astrophysics.
PAN at MSU - pan/ - and PIXE-PAN - outreach/PIXE/ - at Notre Dame are two-week summer programs that offer science educators and high school students the opportunity to explore topics in modern science and nuclear physics.
Sensing Our World is a week-long summer science day camp for middle schoolers. The theme for the 2009 program is "Sensing Our World Go GreeND!" Students will learn about ecologically sound approaches to urban space, the physics of energy, how chemists are developing biodegradable alternatives to various consumer goods, environmental philosophy, and ecological adaptation.
Research Experience Program for High School students at the Nuclear Science Lab.
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JINA’s Classroom Materials Mini-Grant Program is intended to provide the means to enhance science curricula with classroom materials that might not otherwise be utilized. classroommaterialsinfo.pdf__
Mary DeWitt


Expanding Your Horizons: A STEM career conference for middle school girls (grades 6 - 8) to be held Saturday, April 25, 2009.
Participants interact with women who use math and science in their careers in a small workshop format.
Participants also interact with women undergraduate and graduate students from Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College.
A separate program for chaperones is available.
A participant fee is charged and includes t-shirt, lunch and breakfast snack.
Karen Morris at or (574) 631-6945 or
Cathy Pieronek at

Indiana AP Bridge Project

AP Summer Institute training in biology, calculus, physics and English Language in July 2009 at university sites in Indiana.
Bridge project funding will support all teacher participation costs.
Cost support includes presenter fee, transportation reimbursement up to $200 and room and board for participants greater than 30 miles from the venue. For day commuters, it includes lunch costs.
Karen Morris at or (574) 631-6945


The Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair. For students in grades 3-12, this event will be held at Notre Dame on Saturday, March 21, 2009.
Students must pre-register through their fair coordinator to participate in the NIRSEF. Participant fee is $6 per student.
Karen Morris at or (574) 631-6945


Teachers conduct research in state-of-the-art science and engineering facilities. RET scholars participate in cutting edge research on important technological challenges facing society.
Paid summer research positions are available in several STEM disciplines for K-12 teachers. Some teachers may invite a student from their classroom to assist them in their research.
Stipended, four-week workshops in the STEM disciplines are offered.
Participants are eligible for non-degree graduate student credits and CRUs (when applicable).
Research Experience for Teachers -
Alisa Zornig at (574) 631-9146 or __kaneb@nd.edu__


NDeRC is a collaborative effort to build a rich STEM culture and a vibrant STEM community in Michiana.
Paid summer research positions are available in several STEM disciplines for K-12 teachers.
We can assist K-12 teachers with classroom and extracurricular activities in science, technology and engineering.
A Pedagogy Seminar for STEM professionals is convened during the academic year.

One of the family of NDeRC activities, the

BioEYES Summer Institute

(June 22-26, 2009) prepares K-12 teachers for the BioEYES classroom activity. Contact Anne Zakas at 574-631-2789 or


Physicists and K-12 teachers collaborate to make modern physics more accessible to K-12 students and the larger Michiana Community.
Paid summer research positions are available in physics (Physics RET).
Teachers and physicists meet weekly during the academic year to discuss physics, teaching, research and other topics of interest.
Anne Zakas at 574-631-2789


Interactions in Understanding the Universe (I2U2) provides scaffolded online research opportunities for middle and high school students and teachers in earth science and particle physics.
LIGO e-Lab using environmental sensing data (seismic, weather, magnetometer) -
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QuarkNet cosmic ray e-Lab using data from some 200 classroom detectors across the US and some international locations - __ cosmic/teacher/__
CMS e-Lab, using data from the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider -
Training sessions in your classroom with online follow-up.
Tom Loughran at 574-631-3362 or

Our Place Workshop

K-12 teachers and resource people work together to facilitate student-driven projects based on environmental issues in their own communities.
Stipended one-day workshop prepares K-12 teachers to participate in the Our Place program. (Notre Dame Workshop date TBD – Summer 2009)
Stipends for classroom projects. Assistance from a resource person.
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Carrie Russell at (317) 685-8800 or

Biology Club

Undergraduate Biology majors seek to foster interest and proficiency in the Biological sciences. We can assist teachers in the development of curricular materials and activities in the life sciences. ; Contact Michelle Whaley at 574-631-9343 or


"In 2004, the Northern Indiana Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Collaboration (NISMEC) was created through a partnership of eight Indiana school districts, the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, and Indiana University South Bend. The mission of NISMEC is to promote inquiry based science, mathematics, and engineering learning in northern Indiana. This collaboration has already led to a new Teacher Science Institute program that will train 130 Mishawaka elementary teachers in inquiry based methods over the next three years." From NISMEC partner Riverbend Community Math Center.