The VCU Health Educational Research Opportunities for Teachers (HERO-T) provides research experiences in the biomedical sciences for teachers from the Richmond, Virginia Metropolitan Area. The HERO-T program is designed to help improve the quality of science teaching as well as student achievement in secondary science classes by providing teachers with a substantive two-year research/professional development experience . The cornerstone of the program is a mentored research experience (including both an 8 week summer program and a professional learning community during the academic year) with VCU faculty members. HERO-T Fellows have the opportunity to present their work at local, regional and national research meetings.


This work was funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – 5R25DA036915