NSF, Fond du Lac Research Wild Rice

Feb 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 21-3: Tribal College Faculty, Spring 2010, Tribal College News

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $879,531 to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC, Cloquet, MN) to study wild rice lakes on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation. The five-year project is a collaborative effort between Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, the University of Minnesota, local middle school and high school student researchers, and the Fond du Lac Reservation’s Resource Management Division.

Designed to introduce geoscience to traditionally under-represented student groups, the project hopes to boost math and science knowledge and related test scores. It will involve summer camps, hands-on research activities, and participation in science fair projects and contests.

“This new grant will allow us to continue the momentum generated by our math and science camps that we have held during the past several summers,” said Andy Wold, a FDLTCC faculty member and principal investigator for the grant. To build middle school and high school students’ interest in scientific careers, the project will involve current college students as mentors.

The project will analyze sediment cores from six lakes on the reservation, combined with geophysical profiling, remote sensing, and historical research to determine the historical wild rice production on the targeted lakes.

For more information, contact Andy Wold at (218) 879-0714.

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