Research Experiences for Teachers in Machine Learning and Smart System Design

Activities will include a 6-week summer program at Texas A&M University and continuing collaboration throughout the following academic year. During the summer, participants will:

  • engage in a research project with a faculty mentors
  • attend special topic presentations and site tours
  • develop an instructional module to teach a topic related to their research

During the following academic year, participants will:

  • implement their instructional modules in the classroom and assess learning outcomes
  • attend a 1-day workshop to present results, share materials, and evaluate the program


Each participant will receive a stipend of $1000/week for participation in the six-week summer program and $1500 upon completion of the implementation and evaluation activities during the following academic year. Lodging, meal and travel expenses are not included.  The program can assist participants in finding dormitory-style housing arrangements if requested on the application.

In addition, two Master Teachers will be selected. The Master Teacher will complete the same activities as the other participants and will also have a leadership role in the curriculum development process. Master Teachers will receive an additional stipend of $250/week for the six-week summer program. All other allowances will be the same as the other participants.

Participants who present their work at an appropriate research or educational conference after completing the program will receive up to $1000 for travel expenses.


To be eligible for participation in the RET program, faculty should be currently teaching in the following areas: robotics and automation, engineering design and presentation, mechatronics, biotechnology, programming, manufacturing, engineering mathematics, principles of technology, scientific research and design, electronics. Institutions are encouraged to send at least two faculty members to the program.

Participants will be selected based on criteria such as interest in research and in developing instructional modules for classroom use, and recommendations by their principals and/or department heads. Instructors from institutions with high percentages of minority and socio-economically disadvantaged students are encouraged to apply. Once accepted, participants may continue their participation in the program for two consecutive years.

Application Forms and Process

High School Teacher/Master Teacher application

Recommendation form

To be considered for this program, please email your completed application package to the program director,  Dr. Sheng-Jen ("Tony") Hsieh by February 16,  2024. The subject line should be: RET 2024 Application - your name

  • Completed application form with signatures from Principal/Assistant Principal (for teacher applicants) or Dean/Department Head (for two-year college instructor applicants)
  • Sample lesson plan
  • Recommendation form from your Principal or Assistant Principal (emailed separately)

Applicants will be notified in late March. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Hsieh.


"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." - Carl Sagan


"The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do." -B. F. Skinner


"Engineering stimulates the mind. Kids get bored easily. They have got to get out and get their hands dirty: make things, dismantle things, fix things. When the schools can offer that, you'll have an engineer for life." -Bruce Dickinson


"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas." -Albert Einstein