Summer Research Institutes
Summer Research Institutes provide Native American students an opportunity to complete an introductory STEM course and conduct hands-on research for four weeks during the summer.
Students participating and completing the institute receive a $1,000 stipend.
Summer Institutes scheduled for 2023 include the following locations:
- Oglala Lakota College (Kyle)
- Sinte Gleska University (Mission)
- Sisseton Wahpeton College (Sisseton)
- Lower Brule
- Eagle Butte and Pierre
Oglala Lakota College (Kyle)
Summer Bridge Program
- Who: High School Students
- When: May 26 – June 16
- Where: Zoom, various field collection locations in the western/south western part of the state, and the MST building at the OLC Piya Wiconi College Center, Kyle, S.D.
- How to apply: Complete this registration form. Students participating and completing the institute receive a $1,000 stipend.
- What: Engage in authentic, hands-on interdisciplinary research experiences integrating Lakota ways of knowing during the summer. Option of earning 3 science credits toward an undergraduate degree for juniors and seniors.
- BIO 113 People and the Environment: Course Description: This course focuses on the role of people in ecosystems and the global effects of their alterations of those ecosystems. The influence of European and Native American cultures on people’s activities in the ecosystem will be discussed. Alternatives for human survival and the well-being and sustainability of the biosphere will be explored.
- Complete program applications are due no later than May 15, 2023 (be sure if taking for credit that you get your OLC application process started ASAP, as you will need to be enrolled in BIO 113 People and the Environment by May 30, 2023).
OLC Research Experience for Undergraduates
- Who: OLC undergraduate students (preference given to Science and Education majors but anyone is welcome to apply)
- When: May 26-July 28
- Where: Zoom, various field collection locations in the western/southwestern part of the state, and the MST building at the OLC Piya Wiconi College Center, Kyle, SD
- How to apply: Complete this registration form. Students participating and completing the institute receive a $5,000 stipend.
- What: Engage in authentic, hands-on interdisciplinary research experiences and outreach activities for eight weeks during the summer of 2023. Environmental study of:
- 1) Bison/Soil Research-Pedosphere/Biosphere
- 2) Mesonet: Weather/climate-Hydrosphere/Atmosphere
- 3) West Nile Virus, Mosquitoes, and Climate Change-Biosphere/Atmosphere
- 4) Wildlife monitoring or Rez Dog project-Biosphere
- 5) Indigenous Plants-Biosphere
- 6) Rainwater Chemistry-Hydrosphere/Atmosphere
- Complete program applications are due no later than May 1, 2023. Applications will be reviewed and notifications to participate in an orientation will be made no later than May 20. Orientation will be scheduled for May 26.
Sinte Gleska University (Mission)
Sinte Gleska University in Mission, South Dakota, will offer Botany (BI 245) in June for area high school and undergraduate students. Graduate teaching assistants Dera Iyotte and Krista Horvath will assist in delivering the courses and will incorporate Lakota cultural knowledge.
The courses may be delivered partially online depending on pandemic status this summer, and the laboratory hands-on portion will mostly be held outdoors. Contact Dera Iyotte, Dera.Iyotte@sintegleska.edu, or Krista Horvath, Krista.Horvath@sintegleska.edu, for more information.
Sisseton Wahpeton College (Sisseton)
The Lower Brule Summer Institute encourages area high school students to participate in research projects in June and July involving collecting data, analyzing and presenting the results. Lower Brule Community College graduates and students will support the student research.
Eagle Butte and Pierre
Students are working on projects between June 14 and July 29.
Contact Bree Oatman, email@example.com, for more information.