LLTC students earn recognition

Aug 15th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-1: Communicating Yesterday's Stories Today, Tribal College News
By Kyle Erickson

Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC, Cass Lake, MN) student Lee Robinson has been selected as a 2012 summer intern at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, located on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near Cape Canaveral, FL.

Kennedy Space Center (KSC) internships provide full-time students with ten weeks of training that will help them develop skills and exposure necessary for successful careers in NASA/ KSC-related professions. The internships include income to promote retention in school and encourage completion of a college education.

The Udall Foundation announced that LLTC student Lucas Bratvold was one of 80 students selected—from a total of 585 candidates nominated by 274 colleges and universities—as a 2012 Udall Scholar. Each scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year.

Congress established The Udall Foundation in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to American Indian students pursuing tribal public policy or health care careers.

First-year LLTC student Cedric Fairbanks has been accepted into a 2012 summer internship in Costa Rica by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) through its Native American and Pacific Islander Research Education (NAPIRE) program. Fairbanks will spend eight weeks during the summer of 2012 in Costa Rica conducting research on mammal behavior and tropical biology under the supervision of a research mentor.

OTS is a nonprofit consortium of over 60 universities and research institutions from the United States, Costa Rica, Australia, Mexico, Peru, and South Africa. The NAPIRE program provides a graduate-level research experience to about 20 undergraduate students from the United States and Pacific Islands each year. The program is designed to provide an understanding of tropical ecology that is grounded in the social, political, economic, and scientific aspects of resource use and conservation.

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