COSMOS Research Experience for Teachers

COSMOS: Learning from the next generation wireless network

COSMOS RET is an intense summer program for teachers who learn how to master the most advanced techniques in wireless technology with help from researchers at Columbia University and NYU. The teachers work at both campuses designing web-based lab experiments that illustrate the theory and practice of wireless networking. The teachers began using the science, math, and computer science lab experiments in their classrooms Fall 2018, giving students hands-on experience with the next wave of mobile technology.

Applications for the Summer 2019 COSMOS RET Program are now closed. 

  • Dates: July 1 – August 9, 2019
  • Location: Columbia University or NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Schedule: Roughly 9am - 3pm, plus weekly workshops and cohort meetings
  • Stipend Amount: $8,000 at program completion
  • Applications Due: Rolling, application reviews begin early May.

Over the period of six weeks, the teachers will:

  1. Carry out cutting edge educational research in the field of wireless networks, collaborating with a faculty mentor.
  2. Collaborate with graduate students in the research laboratory of the faculty (aka principal investigator, PI).
  3. Meet weekly with other teachers in university-sponsored RET programs.
  4. Develop at least two web-based laboratories or projects, which they will use in their classroom in the upcoming year.
  • Teachers MUST be math or science certified.
  • Teachers must be U.S. citizens.
  • Must teach at a middle or high school located in a NYC borough, with preference for District 5 and District 3 schools
  • Must have at least three years of full-time teaching experience in science, math, or pre-engineering disciplines.
  • Endorsement by the district superintendent or school principal

Teachers must also be responsible for the following:

  • Attending all program activities
  • Completing assigned research and curriculum project, final presentation and report
  • Participating in academic year activities
  • Submitting program assessment
  • Completed application form (this form)
  • Two (2) reference letters from school administration
  • Current resume
  • 300-500 word essay
  • COSMOS Educational Toolkit - A great resource for free lessons, labs, and curriculum materials for math, science, and computer science classrooms -- created from previous years' COSMOS RET cohorts. 
  • COSMOS: A New Generation of Wireless Technologies - A video introduction to the research on wireless technologies. 
  • Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge - Learn about the nationwide open call to find innovative, cutting-edge, education technologies that will transform middle school education, where the COSMOS team was selected among 10 other teams and is working on the 5G COVET project.
  • PAWR: Advanced Wireless Research - Read more about the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR), which are research platforms that are the size of an entire small U.S. city will foster use-inspired, fundamental research and development that will in turn enable advanced wireless networks.