Field Experiences for Science Teachers

Are you a high school science teacher interested in one week of scientific research experience?

The Field Experiences for Science Teachers (FEST) program is funded by the National Science Foundation and based in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. Connecticut-based teachers of earth science (or related fields such as environmental science, physics, or chemistry) at the high school level are eligible to participate. Participants spend one week working on the Seismic Experiment for Imaging Structure beneath Connecticut (SEISConn) project, which aims to study the structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath Connecticut. Teachers participate in the installation and maintenance of seismic recording equipment in northern Connecticut and learn about the science goals of the SEISConn project, as well as tools for teaching about seismology and geophysics in the high school classroom. Teacher participants receive a $1000 stipend for participation in the one-week program.

A poster on the FEST program that was presented at the 2015 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union can be viewed here. Yale News recently did a profile of the SEISConn project, which can be viewed here

Applications for teacher participants for the Summer 2016 FEST program have recently closed, and eight teachers have been selected to participate in the program during the second or third weeks of August. If you are interested in participating during Summer 2017, please watch this space for updates on next year’s application process. Applicants are asked to send  a letter of interest (approximately 2 pages) describing your background and interest in the program. Professor Maureen Long ( can be contacted with any questions or inquiries about the program.