Teacher Research Associates (TRAC)

  • Program Description

    The goals of Fermilab's TRAC program are to provide outstanding science, mathematics, computer science, and technology teachers with professional scientific, engineering, or technical experiences through summer research opportunities. The increased awareness and understanding of cutting-edge science and technology obtained by the teacher can be transferred back to the classroom. Teachers are assigned mentors and jobs that best match the teacher's skills and interest with the available opportunities for that summer.

    Appointments are for a period of eight weeks in the summer. Selection is based on the applicant's educational and professional qualifications, commitment to teaching, references, compatibility of scientific interests with resources available at Fermilab, and the expected benefits of the research opportunity to the applicant, the applicant's home institution and Fermilab. Preference shall be given to applicants from schools and districts that emphasize and support the development of this research experience into programs that may be transferred back into the classroom.

    Support includes:

    • $700 per week
    • Housing and travel not provided
  • Eligibility

    • Seventh through twelfth grade teachers employed full time in public, private or parochial schools with primary teaching assignments in science, math, computer science or technology education. Teachers must be assigned a full-time teaching load during the academic year prior to the appointment and expect to do the same during the following year.
    • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required.
    • Participants must provide evidence of identity and eligibility to work in the U.S.
    • Participants must have medical insurance while at Fermilab.

    Key Dates

    Check back for updates to the Key Dates.

  • Expectations

    • Complete the eight-week program.
    • Complete all Fermilab safety and computing requirements.
    • Work safely in a responsible and professional manner.
    • Attend all scheduled events including lectures, tours and group activities.


    • Present final oral work experience report.
    • Complete exit survey.
    • Update your bio and research information on the Summer Interns website.
    For more information, read the FAQ.