Other meetings: MRSEC EO coordinators have been involved in other meetings.
The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) network3 unites those who run and evaluate RET programs; many MRSECs are active in this group. RET conferences were held in 2002 and 2003. Sessions at meetings were sponsored in 2004 (American Chemical Society meeting) and 2006 (National Science Teachers Association regional meeting). In addition to conferences, the RET network Web site has a collection of assessment tools, including pre- and post-program survey forms.
National Research Centers Educators Network: A group of EO coordinators from NSF centers, including MRSECs, Science and Technology Centers, and Engineering Research Centers has formed the National Research Centers Educators Network (NRCEN).4 The goals of the group are to identify and disseminate models, tools, resources, experiences; determine mechanisms or strategies to enhance centers’ efforts; and identify and address priority issues specific to centers. Meetings have been held in 2001 (Cornell University), 2002 (University of California at Santa Cruz), 2004 (University of Florida), 2005 (California Institute of Technology), and 2007 (University of Michigan).
Fall 2004 Materials Research Society Meeting: A group of EO coordinators obtained NSF funding to bring RET teachers from MRSECs to the 2004 Fall Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting. The teachers attended the MRS education symposia and participated in hands-on workshops about MRSEC-related curricular materials.