Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Instiutute (SIPI)
Geospatial Information Technologies Undergraduate Research Portal

Welcome to the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Instiutute (SIPI) portal for our Geospatial Information Technologies undergraduate research.  Each year SIPI host almost 90 students in our summer GIT short course/workshop program from May thru July.  The courses taught are:

  • GIT 111, Introduction to GIS/GPS Technology

  • GIT 121, Advanced GIS/GPS

  • GIT 201, Applied GIS/GPS Project

  • GIT 202, Photogrammetry and Mapping

  • GIT 203, Introduction to Remote Sensing

  • GIT 290, Special Topics: Remote Sensing focused on Natural Resources


For more information on SIPI's GIT program please click the following link:

SIPI Geospatial Information Technologies Program


Student Research Projects

In conjunction with this program during the 2012 and 2013 academic years a select group of SIPI student interns were selected and started working on projects of relevance to their tribes using data from Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites as training for using data from the National Ecological Observation Network (NEON) as funded by the .  Three students were selected in 2012 and four students in 2013 to develop projects as part of their internship.  Below are their finished posters which were presented at the 2012 and 2013 National Tribal GIS Users Conference respectively.

2012 SIPI Interns

 2013 SIPI Interns

The SIPI GIT program also conducted Fall research in association with their GIT 280 course.  These students as also presented final work at the at the 2012 National Tribal GIS Conference.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (EF-1242016). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Native Americans Trained to Address Environmental Problems on Their Lands
National Science Foundation Article - 3/20/2013