Applied Mathematics Program

About AMP!

The ConocoPhillips Applied Mathematics Program (AMP!) aims to create a cadre of exceptional teacher leaders who will enhance teaching and learning in the Greater Houston metropolitan area and improve students’ success in mathematics and science. The program is offered for 5th Grade Science & Mathematics; 6th Grade Science & Mathematics; 7th Grade Science & Mathematics; 8th Grade Science & Mathematics; and Algebra I & Biology teacher pairs.

AMP! is designed to have Science & Mathematics teachers attend as a team representing their school. The program uses inquiry-based teaching strategies to provide innovative and unique professional development. Teachers learn how to integrate their partner's subject area into their own instruction in order to develop an authentic STEM environment on campus. AMP! includes hands-on and laboratory activities, guided discussions, and guest lectures.

AMP! Benefits

Through the year-long professional development program, AMP! highlights connected lessons between mathematics and science, constructivist pedagogy, sustained coaching, and standards-aligned lessons, R-STEM aims to:

  1. Increase mathematics and science content, as well as pedagogical knowledge of 5th–9th grade teachers by selecting pairs of mathematics and science teachers from the same campus, and support their further enrichment through intensive professional development.
  2. Increase student engagement and achievement in STEM with a focus on inquiry in mathematics by making connections between inquiry science and applied mathematics through engaging, creative, and rigorous learning experiences for students.
  3. Create a supportive and rewarding environment to sustain teachers in high-needs schools by establishing professional learning communities, support team learning and team building, and provide mentoring, coaching, and training to successfully implement the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

I really liked the integration of math and science in the lessons presented. It gave a much deeper real-world meaning to the content.

    2023–2024 AMP! Program*

    Participation in AMP! includes attending the AMP! Kick-off event, summer institute, and school year sessions. Program dates and other program expectations are listed below.


    The application deadline has been extended until June 1, 2023. All forms are due by this date.

    AMP! Information
    AMP! Program Dates

    AMP! Participants are required to attend the following:

    • AMP! Kick-off at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, July 6, 2023 (A single ticket to the Astros baseball game, food and beverages, and charter bus transportation will be provided for each AMP! participant).
    • A week-long AMP! Summer Institute from July 10–14, 2023, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • AMP! 5th–9th includes 4 all-day Saturday and 4 Wednesday evening classes during the 2023–2024 academic year. A tentative list of dates for each program will be available soon.

    Wednesday evening classes are from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Saturday classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    AMP! Applications

    Applicants will be notified of their status no later than June 2, 2023; priority will be given to teacher-pairs from the same campus. ​Space is very limited and subject to funding availability, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program.

    Previous AMP! participants will be placed on a wait list. Once the 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, and Algebra I/Biology programs reach capacity, all future applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

    Applicants will be required to submit a signed Principal and Participant Agreement Letter (PPAL) with their application (5th Grade | 6th Grade | 7th Grade | 8th Grade | Algebra I/Biology). By signing the form, the applicant's principal agrees to let the applicants participate during the 2022 Summer Institute and during the 2022–2023 school year. By completing the application, the applicants agree to participate during the 2023 Summer Institute and during the 2023–2024 school year. Both teachers in a teacher-pair are required to submit an individual application. Teacher-pairs from different campuses will need to submit separate PPALs.

    If you are unable to upload the form to your application, you can email them to

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    The application deadline extended until June 1, 2023. All forms are due by this date.

    AMP! Benefits & Expectations

    The expectations of AMP! participants include, but are not limited to:

    • Attending the AMP! Kickoff;
    • Attending and participating in all training sessions (Summer Institute & school year sessions);
    • Participating in and completing group projects;
    • Timely completion and submission of all pre- and post-tests; and
    • Timely completion and submission of all course assignments and homework.

    For completing all program requirements, participants will receive:

    • Approximately 100 CPE hours worth of sustained and supported professional development;
    • $2000 stipend (paid to both teachers in a teacher-pair);
    • $500 in classroom materials to teach program curriculum (paid to both teachers in a teacher-pair); and
    • TEKS-aligned curriculum that builds a crosswalk between science, mathematics, literacy, and technology.
    AMP! Program Flyer

    Below is copy of the AMP! flyer. You can access a PDF version for download here.

    AMP 2023-2024 Informational Flyer

      AMP! Administration

      If you have any questions about AMP!, you can contact the program leads for the grade level of interest.

      AMP! 5th Grade

      Ericka Lawton, M.S.
      Associate Director for Educational Leadership and STEM Initiatives
      713-348-6274 |

      AMP! 7th Grade

      Isaias Cerda
      Associate Director for Science Education & English Language Learners
      713-348-3197 |

      AMP! 8th Grade

      Mariana Quinn
      Associate Director for Science Education
      713-348-8266 |

      AMP! 6th and Algebra I/Biology

      Roger Ramirez
      Associate Director for Mathematics and Engineering Education
      713-348-8218 |

      *Program times, dates, locations, and compensation subject to change before the first day of the program.

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      Contact Information

      Telephone: (713) 348-8211
      Fax: (713) 348-3825

      Mailing Address

      Office of STEM Engagement
      Rice University
      P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
      Houston, TX 77251-1892

      Street Address

      IBC Plaza Houston
      5615 Kirby Dr.
      Suite 730
      Houston, TX 77005-2445