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SUMMER 2018 
Welcome to the Teacher Newsletter for RSI, USABO and TEP teachers.
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CEE News and Program Updates
50 students from the U.S. and 31 students from abroad are wrapping up their intensive six-week research projects at the 2018 Research Science Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This year’s program concludes on August 4th with awards going to the top five written papers and oral presentations. In addition to intensive study and research, attending students have had the privilege of listening to guest lecturers from MIT, Harvard, and local industry and also met with admissions counselors from 20 top colleges from across the country. Check out the CEE Facebook page for pictures from this year’s program. Students interested in applying for next year’s program can find more information on the RSI Program webpage.
Congratulations go to the four gold medalists at the 16th Annual USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) National Finals hosted for the first time by UC San Diego last month. Team USA members hailed from California, Minnesota, and New Jersey. During the ten days at UCSD, finalists participated in intensive studies and examinations in the fields of cellular & molecular biology, plant anatomy & physiology, animal anatomy & physiology, genetics & evolution, ecology, ethology, and biosystematics. Check out the USABO Facebook page for pictures and the latest news. Nearly 10,500 students from 479 schools and 47 states registered for the 2018 competition.  Registration for the 2019 USABO will open in October. The 2019 International Biology Olympiad will be held in Szeged, Hungary!
TEP wrapped up the 2017-2018 school year with a half-day workshop in Tysons, VA on June 26th. This year’s workshop, Engaging Students in STEM: Hands-On Learning and Real World Applications, featured key note speaker Dr. Melissa Kosinski-Collins, Professor of Biology at Brandeis University, in addition to speakers from Clark Nexsen and DE Himberger consulting. Representatives from a number of organizations provided hands-on activities and resources for the teachers. Videos, slides, and supporting resources are now posted on the TEP Lab Bench to access and use as you plan for the new school year.
Mark your calendars!  TEP will be returning to Northern California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia this fall.  See the Bite of Science and Teacher Roundtable pages for the latest schedule and registration information. Don’t forget: CEE is here to connect you with our speakers and organizations to support you in the classroom. Please get in touch with Kim Edwards, CEE’s Education Programs Outreach Manager, if you’d like to be connected to scientists or engineers to visit your classroom, provide additional resources, or assist with student projects.



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