RISE Internship for Undergraduates

The Research Internship in STEM Education (RISE) will introduce science and math majors to STEM education. The RISE experience is designed to encourage you to make connections between STEM education research and teaching practices, which is important for your development as a potential teacher decision-maker who can use research-based science and math teaching approaches in your classroom.

Intern with faculty from the College of Education or the College of Arts and Sciences for eight weeks in the summer (dates to be negotiated with faculty mentor) at local informal science educaction institutions like the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and the Florida Aquarium.

STEM Education Research

You will have an eight-week mentored experience with USF faculty members in science and math education within the College of Education or the College of Arts and Sciences. USF science and math education faculty members conduct research in a wide range of areas. As an intern, you will be supervised by Faculty and will also be paired with a graduate student mentor.

Each summer, we will accept a cohort of five interns. As an intern you will be able to learn, apply and build on research skills such as formulating research questions, and analyzing data within an education context. Additionally, you will learn education research skills such as human subject research, and working with qualitative data. You will also participate in workshops provided throughout the summer to introduce you to research topics such as communicating science education to various audiences (e.g. researcher, teachers, and students).


Teaching-Related Activities

In your internship you will have the opportunity to work with children in STEM camps at informal science education institutions like the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and the Florida Aquarium. You will research how they learn STEM concepts and ideas as they participate in the camps.

Share Your Research

At the end of the summer you and other Interns will present your research and discuss how these findings may inform practice at a University-wide symposium for Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Research Experiences for Teachers. You will also have the opportunity to communicate your findings to a broader audience during the USF Office of Undergraduate Research Colloquium the following academic year.

Posters from Summer 2015 Interns

Tim Cox

Razanne Oueini

Poster session photos from Summer 2016

Andrew Apugliese

Daniel Icenhour with Prof. Luanna Prevost

Javier Arias and Stephanie Baumann with doctoral student Frederick Bradley


Applicants should:
▪ be in first or second year of appropriate science major
▪ demonstrate adequate progress in an appropriate science major
▪ maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA overall
▪ demonstrate interest in science education at middle or high school level (a written statement, maximum of 200 words)
▪ provide 2 references from formal or informal science professionals
▪ be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens

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