Welcome to the 2011 - 2014 NASA/Kiksapa Summer REU
(Research Experience for Undergraduates) information page
From 2011 - 2014 the NASA Minority University and Education Program (MUREP) funded Kiksapa Consulting, Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU), White Earth Tribal College (WETCC), Tohono O'odham Community College (TOCC), Blackfeet Community College (BCC), and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC) to lead a summer externship in GIS and Remote Sensing (NASA Cooperative Agreement NNX10AU65A). This 10 week NASA Externship allowed for 3 weeks intensive training in GIS and Remote Sensing with an emphasis on Climate Change and 7 weeks research at their home institutions to complete their projects and ready posters and a presentation to cap off the experience. The NASA REU have had over a hundred Tribal College Students and Faculty go through the program from 2011 – 2014. These students have gone on to matriculate into 4 year colleges, advance to Masters Degrees, begin working with the Tribal governments and agencies, become NASA Student Ambassadors, and go onto other internships (including NASA Center internships). This program gave Tribal College students an opportunity to actively apply technology to a research project that they were passionate about as much of their focus centered on phenomena directly impacting their home communities. You will see in the following excerpts from student projects just how varied, relevant and timely some of this research is for their nations.
From 2011-2014 the NASA TCUP had students develop and present the summer REU projects. Below is a selected set of student projects from the approximately 80 students that went through the program.
- Brittany Iron Shell (Sinte Gleska University): Wildfire, Beetles, and Climate Change
- Jeramiah Wallace (Northwest Indian College): Intertribal Canoe Journeys
- Lisa Redsteer (Navajo Technical University): Schultz Fire (2010): Flagstaff, Arizona
- Christopher Parazoo (Salish Kootenai College): Potential Impact of Sea-Level Rise to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s Traditional Cultural Properties and Landscapes
- Gary Lesser (Salish Kootenai College): Analysis of Tree-Line Position and Density in the Mission Mountains
- Rafael Perea (Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute): Biophysical Classification of Water Availability in the Rio Grande, North of Albuquerque, NM
- Delaena R. Uses Knife (Oglala Lakota College): Tribal Land Loss By Shoreline Levels: Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation
- Joeagle Flores (Tohono O'odham Community College): Emergency Services & Transportation for Cababi Village
- Lyman Pinto (Navajo Technical University): Charge it to Nature: Renewable Energy for the Navajo Nation
- Ben Jose (Tohono O'odham Community College): Environmental Conditions Promoting the Proliferation of Buffelgrass on the Tohono O’odham Nation
- Lainey Fineday (White Earth Community College): Lower Rice Lake, the major wild rice-producing lake on the White Earth Reservation: Historic to Present Water Levels
- Sylvia Fred (Haskell Indoan Nations University): Traditional Connection Remain Despite Many Changes