NNIN RET Program Dates: June 16 -- August 1, 2014

NNIN RET Conference Dates: TBD

Click here to view the 2014 RET Calendar

This year, we are doing our best to reduce paper waste by going paperless! Your information will be posted here.

Please conserve. Do not print documents unless absolutely necessary.

Advance Preparation

  • Program logistics: Please read all information on the RET section of this website (this page and everything that links to it). As you go through the information, please make a list of questions for me. If you can email them to me in advance, I can add clarity to these pages before orientation.
  • Research: Check in with your mentor about any reading you may need to do prior to your visit.

What to wear: During the summer program, dress comfortably and casually; however, closed toed shoes must be worn in the labs. On our orientation day, we will take group photos, so please look nice.

What to bring on your first day:

  • laptop computer (if you have one)
  • memory stick (if you have one)
  • a copy of your insurance card
  • signed forms
  • a list of your questions for orientation

We will supply a computer workspace for you whilst here.

Commuting:  Please use public transportation or car pool (van pool), if possible. The VISTA bus lines provide wireless internet.

Click here for details on commuting options and maps.


Your First Day

Agenda: Our first orientation meeting will begin promptly on Monday, June 16th at 9:00 am in Engineering Science Building 1109G.

Here is information we will cover at orientation:

Please read, print, and sign these forms and bring these documents with you to orientation.

Other things we will cover at orientation:


Daily Working Schedule

Working Hours: All teachers are obligated to work a minimum of 40 hours per week:
For the first 6 weeks, this is 30 hours/week in lab and 10 hours/week on curriculum development, plus 1-hour (optional) lunchtime brainstorming sessions. Days off should be arranged with your lab mentor, and can be made up by working longer hours or weekend days.


Program Dates: June 16 - August 1, 2014

8 am – 10 am: Work with me on curriculum development (HFH 4152)
10 am – 12 noon: Research in your lab
12 noon – 1 pm: Optional: Meet for lunch at the CNSI Courtyard Cafe
1 pm – about 5 pm: Research in your lab

July 28  – August 1: Finalize curriculum—NO research (HFH 4152)

Your dedicated workspace: Your workspace is in the Harold Frank Hall (HFH) 4152. This lab is dedicated for the RET program, so that you can work on your curriculum. There will be nanotechnology resource books you can check out for background information.

Meetings: All NNIN meetings will be in the Harold Frank Hall (HFH) 4152.

  • We will be holding regular meetings twice a week from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Attendance is mandatory unless you have an emergency—if so, phone the coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) on her cell phone. These meetings will be for curriculum development.
  • You are expected to work on curriculum every work day for approximately 2 hours.
  • Every workday, 12:00–1:00 pm at the Nanocafé, there will be a brown bag lunch meeting between all of the RET interns and the NNIN Program Coordinator to discuss curriculum development.
  • The last week of your RET program, plan to work 8:00 am–5:00 pm in the computer lab each day on curriculum (HFH 4152). All curriculum MUST be tested before submitting the first draft. You will have access to the teaching clean room laboratory (Engineering II room 1141) to test your activities. The NNIN will reimburse you for the expense of testing. You will not be expected to be in the lab the last week.
  • Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 3:00pm MRL 2053: Mandatory safety training by the UCSB Environmental Health & Safety Officer.

Curriculum: And background reading material:


ATM Machines on UCSB campus

Washington Mutual on side of UCEN, across from the Music Building; Wells Fargo at UCEN, inside main lobby, and outside near the general store; Bank of America and Union Bank outside of the Arbor. Montecito Bank and Trust in the Courtyard Cafe.


Recreation Center/Gym

The gym costs $80 for the whole summer. Here is a link to check it out: UCSB RecCen.


Medical Care

Student Health is available for full service urgent, but not emergency medical care. Services also include auxiliaries such as laboratory, x-ray and pharmacy.  It is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. All services are on a fee-for-service basis and payment is required at the time of service via Mastercard or VISA only. You would be charged $70 for each appointment. If you come in, please let the person scheduling the appointment know you are with the NNIN program.

Click here for a list of emergency rooms, urgent care clinics, and pharmacies.


Library Cards

A list of all of your names has been given to the library. Go to the library front desk and give them your name and NNIN RET program, and they set you up. Here is a link to our library: UCSB Library.



For use in NNIN REU posters, presentations, etc. (right click on image and select "save as" to save)


NNIN Follow-up Activities and Support

School-Year Follow-up

Teachers will be required to:

  • Refine the lesson developed for the classroom and use it with his/her students
  • Create YouTube video highlighting a part of the lesson
  • Attend 1 day workshop to prepare for NNIN NSE workshop
  • Participate in NNIN RET Wiki
  • Present at NNIN NSE Workshop at an NNIN site

Each host site will:

  • Provide 3 days of support for continued refinement of the instructional unit and classroom support/coaching for incorporating the teaching module in the classroom
  • Maintain communication with participants through e-mail, NNIN RET Wiki, and NNIN RET Facebook page
  • Help record YouTube video of lesson highlight
  • Host a follow-up meeting (on a day which will not remove participants from the classroom)
    • view each other’s videos and provide constructive feedback
    • share their classroom lesson experience and provide feedback
    • suggest modifications to the NNIN RET program
    • prepare for the NNIN NSE Workshop


Pre-service teacher follow-up: all pre-service teachers will:

  • present their summer experience to one of their classes, home department, or group of local teachers
  • assist the NNIN site education coordinator by providing some of the in-class support for the in-service teachers, such as:
    helping to implement the developed activity
    assisting in refining the activity
    prepare an the NSTA presentation

TBD NNIN Nanoscale and Engineering Professional Development Workshop

All RET participants are required to travel to an NNIN Nanoscale Science and Engineering Professional Development Workshop (TBD) where they will share their RET experience with other teachers by:

  • participating in the NNIN RET Nanotechnology session
  • networking with NNIN RET participants from other NNIN sites

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid for by the NNIN. Program Coordinator will manage travel arrangements. We'll discuss details of the convocation as the time approaches.


Questions or Concerns

Anything money-related: Claudia Gutierrez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (805) 893-7989; fax (805) 980-3355

Anything else: Samantha Cruz: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (805) 893-5999

or Wendy Ibsen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (805) 893-8527

Technical and educational staff services are possible through the generosity of the National Science Foundation through support via the NNIN.