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Tribal College REU Programs

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site award has been made to United Tribes Technical College and provides research training for 8 students for 10 weeks and 3 reservation science teachers during the summers of 2013-2015. The Tribal College REU Program provides students the opportunity to conduct environmental ecology research critical to Tribal lands in the Northern Plains. Research projects will be conducted under the guidance of mentors from United Tribes Technical College (Bismarck, ND), Ft. Berthold Community College (New Town, ND), Sitting Bull College (Ft. Yates, ND), Oglala Lakota College (Kyle, SD), Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), and North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND).

Students will be involved in research focusing on restoration ecology, insect behavior and ecological impacts, integrated bison prairie management, effects of oil development of natural resources, conservation biology, and geospatial applications to ecological research. Students are recruited from across the Northern Plains, with a focus on tribal college students, and are selected based on expressed interest, demonstrated skills, and dedication to science careers. Students will conduct individual research projects while becoming part of a summer research team and will receive training in research ethics, project design, field techniques, advanced laboratory technology, and analysis and presentation of data.

Science teachers (grades 6-12) are recruited from reservation school systems and will conduct fieldwork alongside the REU participants. Teachers will develop curriculum modules based on their research experiences for their own classrooms and provide the modules to other teachers. Shared orientation week, a midpoint camping trip, and final presentations develop teamwork among the participants. Students are encouraged to present at regional and national conferences and to publish their result in scientific journals. The program increases the recruitment, retention, and completion of Native American students in science, while providing a solid foundation for these students to be successful in graduate programs beyond the tribal colleges.


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Tribal College REU Program
Tribal Environmental Science
3315 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504

(701) 255-3285 ext. 1458