Haskell Students Participate in Summer Research Program

Sep 9th, 2015 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Darryl Monteau and Cheri Hamilton

Haskell junior Jennah Seaver (left) assists a student with an activity at the Kansas Children’s Discover Center, as part of the University of Kansas’ Research Experience for Teachers program.

For the past two summers, the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) at the University of Kansas has hosted students from Haskell Indian Nation University’s teacher education program. On the recommendation of faculty, Haskell students have participated in a pre-service Research Experience for Teachers program coordinated by CReSIS with funding provided by the National Science Foundation. These students researched and developed lesson plans to educate K-12 students about the importance of Earth science.

The eight-week program pairs students with a mentor to work on research-based education projects. The program also provides housing, meals, and travel, in addition to covering tuition and fees for enrollment in one research credit-hour at the University of Kansas.

Cheri Hamilton, the CReSIS K-12 educational outreach coordinator, mentored the Haskell students. Their research projects focused on developing lesson plans on climate change and polar studies. They also participated in outreach activities coordinated by the center. Haskell students included Steven Whitfield (Laguna Pueblo/Chickasaw), Krystle Neal (Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska) and Jennah Seaver (Lac Courte Oreilles).

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