What does a PREP Preceptor Do?During the summer, teachers and students will work with preceptors and actively participate in ongoing research projects in the lab. Research projects should be safe, short-term applications that will provide skills and knowledge transferable to the high school classroom.
Teams usually consist of 1 researcher, 1 teacher and 1 or more students. Following a one week orientation, students and teachers will join their respective researchers at local sites for 6 weeks of research.
With guidance from the researcher, teams will collect and discuss background material for the project, propose experimental questions, and design valid experiments. The students and teacher will then perform the experiments and analyze data gathered. The researcher together with the local site coordinator (an experienced math/science teacher) will closely supervise and support their efforts. Each team will write a scientific paper summarizing their results and send it to the MSEN office for publication in a PREP Research Projects journal. Teams will also prepare oral presentations about their projects.
Students and teachers will receive monthly stipends from MSEN. Researchers will receive funds to cover the cost of consumable supplies.
If you are interested in guiding a team of student and teachers in a research project, please fill out and submit the form below.