Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute June 6-10, 2022

Would you like to interact with ecological researchers,
develop curriculum that links current research to NGSS standards,
learn more about Kansas ecosystems,
and work with other teachers across the state?

When: June 6-10 (arrive evening of June 5th if traveling from out of town)

Where: University of Kansas Field Station, 350 Wild Horse Road, Lawrence, KS 66044

Overview of the program:

The Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute is a week-long immersive program that empowers high school teachers with learning and research experiences.  

Through a variety of activities, participants will get the chance to:

  • explore outdoor spaces,
  • learn about Kansas ecosystems,
  • do real-world research,
  • meet other teachers across the state,
  • build connections with university professors,
  • and strengthen your curriculum.

Who should apply?

All high school level biology and environmental studies teachers from across Kansas can apply. We aspire to train a diverse cohort each summer and welcome all applicants, including underrepresented minorities.  We review applications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.  

What to expect?

As one of 10 participants, you will work in small groups based upon areas of interest. University researchers will guide you throughout the week as you conduct experiments, discuss results, and develop NGSS-based lessons to take back to your classrooms. Other activities include lunch-and-learns, a field trip to the Konza Prairie, and GIS mapping practice. Participants are expected to work in small groups to find ways to integrate this material into their classrooms. 

Will I get paid?

Yes! Participants earn a $1,000 stipend for actively engaging in the week’s activities and writing curriculum. You will also get a travel allowance, and we provide housing for those participants who live more than an hour drive from the Biological Field Station.

You belong here!

This program is designed to support and inspire educators.  We value the work you do every day to teach your students. Our main goal is to provide an experience that will leave you feeling appreciated, refreshed, and retooled for your next academic year.  

Take it farther

Opportunities exist to learn more and build on your enthusiasm for research.  Participating in this program could lead to a chance to engage in a longer project as part of the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers (NSF RET) initiative.

Applications are due March 1  

Email Peggy Schultz:

Video from the 2018 Ecosystems across Kansas:
An overview of the previous session from last Summer.


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