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REACH Teacher Applicants

Hope will not be accepting open applications for the 2013 REACH program. Alternatively, we will be offering several research academies during the summer for high school students and teachers interested in science and math. Check back soon for these summer offerings. Thanks for your interest!

Would you like to be part of an orignial research project with a Hope faculty colleague and some Hope undergraduates?

Would you like to bring some of the latest techniques and topics from research back into your classroom?

If so…then the REACH Program for Teachers may be perfect for you!


Hands on research and curriculum development with Hope professors.

Choose the research topic that interests you!

6 week program from

Earn $ and 2 graduate school credits.

2013 Teacher Application Process

Application Process:
1. Complete the Application Form.

2. Write a one page statement explaining why you would like to be considered for the REACH program and how it would help you in the classroom. While not required, you might include a description of any work, class, or personal experiences (jobs, reading interests, course work, class projects, etc.) that have prepared you to do research.

3. Submit a current resume.

4. Please e-mail, fax, or mail your application form, statement, and resume to the address below:

REACH Applications
Karen Nordell Pearson (Director)
Hope College

Office of the Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences
Holland, MI 49422-9000
Fax: 616.395.7923


Questions: contact the REACH Director, Dr. Karen Nordell Pearson at

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why does Hope College want me to do research?
A: Hope is committed to addressing the growing local and national need for strong science and math teaching. Hope believes that this can be largely achieved by engaging teachers in hands-on research with the goal of improving curriculum development.  In April 2008, Hope College was awarded a $1.4 million dollar grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which provides funding for the REACH program to aid Hope in its mission to promote strong science education.

Q: Do I need to have research experience?
A: No!  This is supposed to be a learning experience! 

Q: Do I get to pick what project I’ll be working on?
A: We will provide a list of potential projects and want to know your preferences. We will do our best to find a research project that meets your interests.

Q: Do I have to live on campus?
A: No, you do not live on campus.  You will be on campus Monday through Friday during the day, but can make other plans for your nights and weekends.

Q: Sure I get paid, but why else would I want to spend my summer doing research?
A: You’ll learn what new research is taking place in the field that interests you most, gain research skills by using techniques that you can bring back to the classroom, and get to develop an exciting curriculum.  All while working with professors who are as passionate about science education as you are.

High School Teacher Eligibility Requirements

High school teachers from the Holland area who teach courses in the natural and applied sciences and who have spent at least one school year teaching full-time are eligible to apply for the REACH Program.  Other teachers are welcome to apply, but special consideration will be given to those teachers who meet the above requirements.




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