Pre-College Education

CISTAR pre-college engineering experiences will be aligned with the NGSS engineering standards and informed by current research on pre-college engineering education. Activities will include Research Experiences for Teachers and a Young Scholar Summer Research program for students. 

University of New Mexico Young Scholar in the research lab RET Teacher and REU student working in the research lab at Purdue University Young Scholar student with CISTAR mentor during the summer poster session

CISTAR Young Scholars Program 

2021 Program Dates: July 12-23, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST

CISTAR is hosting a two-week virtual camp for high school students. Students will participate in Zoom meetings where they will learn about a wide range of energy sources (renewables, emerging energy technologies—biofuels, solar, nuclear, wind—and fossil fuels and shale), their future impacts, and how CISTAR’s research will help the U.S. become energy self-sufficient. Students will receive a $1,000 stipend. 

Students will receive a CISTAR Camp At-Home Kit - a hands-on energy focused project (such as a circuit kit, hydrogen powered fuel cell cars, windmill model, etc.) to complete and present to the group. 

To apply, please fill out an application: 

For more information, please contact Maeve Drummond (, 765-494-2254)

Virtual Summer Research Experience for Teachers (RET) 

This six-week session focuses on teachers’ development as researchers. Participants will collaborate virtually with peers to discuss approaches for integrating research experiences in HS curricula that aligns with science standards and receive support from CISTAR mentors as lesson materials are implemented through their next school year. 

Program Details: 

  • June 14 - July 9, 2021
  • Six-week session
  • Stipend: $4,000 plus teachers get $1,500 in supplies to use in their classrooms and for implementing, assessing and disseminating lesson materials.


  • Engineering, technology, science, and math teachers are eligible to apply. 
  • Teachers from underrepresented minority groups, women, persons with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply

Accepting applications until all posiitions have been filled.

For more information, please contact Maeve Drummond (, 765-494-2254)