Apply Now for the EFRI Research and Mentoring Experience (REM)

April 3, 2017

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering is currently accepting applications from Baltimore City Schools high school physics teachers for its inaugural Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) REM Program which runs from June 19 – July 28, 2017 (6 weeks) followed by a fall or spring semester of continued research, mentoring, and professional development activities in the 2017-18 academic year.

City Schools high school physics teachers have a chance to participate in engineering research in advanced design and fabrication of photonic chips with mentorship from JHU faculty and graduate students and help develop a new physics curriculum unit for City Schools using the content knowledge gained from the research experience. Each teacher is asked to identify two high school students to participate with them in the program (Information and application available now). The teachers will help support the research experience of those students, who will be working alongside them in the lab during the summer. Teachers will get assistance from the Center for Educational Outreach with the creation of the new curriculum through weekly meetings/workshops during the summer.

Topics learned will range from:

Quantum optics

Integrated photonics


CAD software, and

Secure communications.


During the school year (either fall or spring), the students meet twice a week with the faculty and graduate students to complete the research, with support from the teacher. The teacher and students will present at the EFRI-REM Grantee conference (February 22-24, 2018 in Washington, DC). In addition, the teachers will implement the newly developed curriculum in their classes during the 2017-18 academic year.

Program Requirements:

6 weeks of summer research
Development of physics curriculum
Support of students during the school year
Presentation at EFRI-REM conference (Feb 22-24, 2018)
Implement new curriculum in 2017-18 school year

Two teachers will be chosen to participate in the 2017 EFRI-REM program. A stipend of $6000 will be given for successful completion, which will be received over two payments ($4000 during the summer and $2000 during the school year).

Application Requirements:

Please complete the online application and submit a current resume (PDF format preferred) to Margaret Hart. Your resume needs to include the following information:

Education (degree, school, year)
Completed or current Professional Development courses
Certification (subject, grade level)
Teaching experience (School, years taught, subject/classes taught)

Deadline for applying is April 30th.  Completed Applications received by April 21th will be given first priority.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Margaret Hart, Ed. M
STEM Outreach Advisor
Center for Educational Outreach
Whiting School of Engineering

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