George McManus at UConn has a National Science Foundation Grant that enables him to offer research experiences for K-12 teachers during the summer. In the past, teachers working in his lab have done independent study projects for graduate credit, but someone who does not need or want the credits could opt for a small stipend instead.
He is a marine biologist working on protozoa in the sea, using a combination of field, culture, and DNA methods. His goal for this grant is to enable teachers to experience research directly and possibly to learn some techniques that they can take back to the classroom with them. Diana Payne is also involved in the project to perform assessments and help teachers make the lab-to-classroom connection. You can find out more about what he does at http://www.microzooplankton.uconn.edu and you will also find there a short application for this summer, under the “GREAT program for teachers” link on the first page.