USC Viterbi National Science Foundation
Research Experience for Teachers Programs (NSF RET)

2011 - 2018 Programs Now Ended

Program Overview

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has supported two consecutive "Research Experience for Teachers" projects at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering to partner with the Los Angeles Unified School District and other neighboring urban school districts to develop an integrated engineering professional development program targeting K-12 educators. The vision of the NSF Research Experience for Teachers is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers and the NSF university research community in order to bring knowledge of engineering and technological innovation into K-12 classrooms. As a leader in cutting-edge engineering education pedagogy and assessment, USC Viterbi has been transforming K-12 STEM teachers and students for decades.


Professors Maja Matarić and Gisele Ragusa win the 2015 Outstanding STEM Program Award from the Orange County Engineering Council for USC Viterbi's Research Experience for Teachers program, February 18, 2015. Learn more >>