PreMiEr is committed to providing research experiences for K-12 and community college teachers. In this RET, teachers will attend an initial boot camp to learn more about PreMiEr and its research goals before being provided a mentored research project.  During their time spent at one of PreMiEr’s participating universities, they will gain critical literature review skills, perform hands-on research, and have opportunities to attend weekly seminars with center faculty and leaders of industry.

The goals of the RET are to increase awareness of career paths for microbiome engineering for teachers and their students, help instructors design relevant microbiome-centered curricular materials for use in their home classrooms, and provide opportunities for dissemination of developed materials. Participants will be encouraged to attend future PreMiEr events and return to their host labs alongside their students.