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Summer research focuses on ecology
June 12 2014

NSF SUPPORTS TRIBAL COLLEGE STUDENTS
By Jeremy Guinn, UTTC Tribal Environmental Science Instructor

            Eight students from tribal colleges in North and South Dakota are involved over summer in an intensive 10-week research training program at United Tribes Technical College.

             The “Tribal College Research Experience for Undergraduates Program” (REU) is funded by the National Science Foundation to assist Native American students in participating full-time in summer research activities.

            The projects include restoration ecology, insect behavior and ecological impacts, integrated buffalo prairie management, effects of oil development on natural resources, conservation biology and animal behavior, and geospatial applications to ecological research.

            Work and study is conducted under the guidance of mentors from United Tribes, Bismarck; Ft. Berthold Community College, New Town, ND; Sitting Bull College, Ft. Yates, ND; Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, SD; and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD.

            This research experience is the first award made to a tribal college for students to conduct research at a tribal college campus. It makes available resources of the NSF’s research training program for tribal college students and provides stipends and travel assistance. It aims to improve recruitment, retention and completion of Native students in science programs, and provide a solid foundation for success in graduate programs and in science careers.

            Participants in this competitive program are among the top performers in their field. Each has expressed interest in using science to answer ecological questions. They conduct individual research projects while becoming part of the research team. They receive training in research ethics, project design, field techniques, advanced laboratory technology, and analysis and presentation of data.

            Professional development activities provide well-rounded exposure to career options and research methodologies.

            The summer program culminates with a research symposium on Friday, August 8 at the Science and Technology Center at United Tribes. The symposium is open to the public.

            The Tribal College REU program began offering research opportunities in 2009 and is funded for at least two more summers. To apply for next year’s program or to learn more, use this link: http://www.uttc.edu/about/forum/reu/.

            More Information: Jeremy E. Guinn, PhD, Field Technician Program Director, Tribal College REU Program, Tribal Environmental Science Department, United Tribes Technical College 701-255-3285 x 1458, jguinn@uttc.edu.


2014 Tribal College REU Participants:
Curtis Belile (Oglala Lakota College)
Genevieve Bullhead (United Tribes)
Michael Deville (Fort Berthold CC)
Shannon Dunham (United Tribes)
Rochelle Forget (Sitting Bull College)
Cami Griffith (Oglala Lakota College)
Shelby Lego (Fort Berthold CC)
Patrisse Vasek (Oglala Lakota College)
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Teacher, what did You do this Summer?
Summer Research Immersion for Teachers
By Jeremy Guinn, UTTC Tribal Environmental Science Instructor

            If you think all teachers “take the summer off” and lay by the pool or catch up on reading, you don’t know many teachers.

            Most use the time to expand their knowledge base and sharpen skills, thereby improving their ability to teach in a rapidly changing world.

            Four K-12 science teachers from tribal schools in North and South Dakota have chosen to spend the summer catching bats, sampling groundwater, chasing coyotes, studying bison, or learning about medicinal plants.

            They’re participating in the inaugural program of the Tribal College Research Experience for Teachers (RET).

            Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program exposes teachers to real-world science in action and provides a strong foundation for teaching science courses. Teachers conduct ecological research alongside undergraduate researchers and research mentors at local tribal colleges.

Research Projects:

  • Tami Bornemann (Theodore Jamerson Elementary, Bismarck): conducting research on urban coyote movements and bat use and diet in agricultural fields; United Tribes Technical College.
  • Rebecca Kollman (Parshall High School, Parshall, ND): working on groundwater quality; Fort Berthold Community College.
  • Tammy Greff (Fort Yates Middle School): working on plant dye research; Sitting Bull College.
  • Daniel Snethen (Little Wound High School, Kyle, SD): investigating nutritional, genetic, and behavioral impacts of bison herd management; Oglala Lakota College.

            Each teacher/researcher will develop curriculum modules, based on their research experience, for their own classrooms and disseminate the modules to their peers.

            Presentations of their work will occur at the Summer Research Symposium on Friday, August 8 at the Science and Technology Center at United Tribes Technical College.  The symposium is open to the public.

            More Information: Jeremy E. Guinn, PhD, Field Technician Program Director, Tribal College REU Program, Tribal Environmental Science Department, United Tribes Technical College 701-255-3285 x 1458, jguinn@uttc.edu.
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Students begin designing and assembling a miniature submarine from a cache of parts during the Tribal College Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at United Tribes Technical College.
DENNIS J. NEUMANN<>United Tribes News
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