MT-WY TLC endorse Field Environmental Biology Program for Native American students offered by University of Notre Dame with CSKT
The Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council has endorsed a program
designed to help to prepare Native American students for advanced
studies in environmental biology, so they can better manage biological
resources on their lands.
The program is currently accepting applications for the two-year summer program. The deadline to apply is November 4.
The purpose of this program is to promote an understanding of
field-oriented environmental biology and how field research is
The program also promotes understanding of Native
American attitudes towards the environment in non-Native American
students interested in the environment, so they can incorporate these
cultural insights into better management. These goals are achieved
through interactions with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal
cultural preservation and natural resource departments, the Lac du
Flambeau natural resource department, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and
Wildlife Commission and through dialogue and collaboration between
students enrolled in the program.
To be eligible, students must be of Native American descent
with a minimum of Sophomore standing in an accredited college. Students
must be planning to obtain a 4-year degree in the environmental
sciences and admission at ND is based on past academic performance and
statement of purpose.
The program spans two academic years; the first year, (late
May-late July) students will spend the summer at a Northwoods site in
the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The first-year UNDERC-East site
encompasses more than 7500 acres with abundant wildlife (including
wolves, black bear, deer, and fisher) and includes 30 lakes, several
streams, wetlands, and northern forests that have been protected for
nearly a century in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The summer course
at UNDERC-East includes modules on bird/mammal ecology, amphibian and
reptile ecology, insect ecology, aquatic ecology and forest ecology.
Furthermore, each student is expected to design and complete an
independent field research project under the direction and assistance
of a faculty member or graduate student. Project topics have ranged
from fish and small mammal ecology to forest ecology and local Native
American plant use.
The second-year UNDERC-West site (June - mid August). The
UNDERC- West site encompasses more than a million acres with abundant
wildlife (including bison, elk, mountain lion, and grizzly bear) and
includes grasslands, mountain forests, streams and lakes here on the
Flathead Reservation and associated tribal lands. Modules for West
include a geologic and environmental history survey during the trip
west, grassland ecology, mountain ecology, avian ecology and Native
American ecology. Again, an independent research project is conducted
by each student in collaboration with a faculty advisor and when
necessary, the CSKT Department of Natural Resources. Project topics
have ranged from fish and wildlife habitat relationships to invasive
Applications are available online: http://underc.nd.edu).
Further information can be obtained by email from Dr. Michael Cramer,
UNDERC-East Assistant Director: email@example.com or from Dr. Page Klug,
UNDERC-West Assistant Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline is Friday, November 4, 2011 and
notification of acceptance will be provided by Friday, December 2,
2011. Applicants are expected to be present for the duration of