Climate Change in Indigenous Communities
Climate change is altering the landscapes and lifeways of many Native communities. The Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Summer Internship program is dedicated to preparing tribal college students for scientific and technical careers to help meet the challenges of climate change.
The HERS Summer Institute program is supportedby the National Science Foundation under Award EPS-0903806 and matching support from the State of Kansas through Kansas Technology enterprise Corporation.
Dr. Jay T. Johnson is a professor of geography and Indigenous studies at the University of Kansas. His research interests are at the intersection of Indigenous and Western approaches to resource and environmental management with a particular focus on sustaining resilient landscapes in the face of environmental change.
Dr. Joseph Brewer II is a faculty member and currently the Acting Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences at the Haskell Indian Nations University. Joseph resides in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife Nanabah Allison-Brewer and three children I’yawa, Seenane and Tahchuhsee where he is happy to be close to home and family.
Who We Are
The HERS Institute is a 8-week paid summer internship program. Interns spend six weeks on the Haskell campus during June and July in classrooms and laboratories learning about climate change and developing individual research projects. Interns spend another two weeks in July conducting independent research at Haskell, Kansas University, or in the field.
Interns will work closely with KU PhD students studying the impacts of climate change on natural and human systems and will design independent research projects on climate change in a Native community of their choice. After the summer program, during the academic year, HERS Interns will have several opportunities to present their work at professional meetings, workshops, and symposia around the country, including the Vine Deloria Symposium held at Nortwest Indian College in Bellingham, WA.
HERS Internship Support
Each intern receives a competitive stipend, and transportation costs to and from Haskell are covered by the program.
Housing and dining
Room and board are provided at the historic Haskell campus. Modern dining facilities are provided at Curtis Hall, the campus cafeteria. Alternative dining is available at the Eagle's Nest Cafe for students who want something to eat or drink when the caferteria is closed.
New laptops will be given to each student, with all necessary software installed to perform the summer research. Wireless internet is available throughout the campus.
The program will provide academic support from Haskell and KU professors, as well as individual support from graduate students from KU's IGERT program.
To be considered for the HERS Internship Program, applicants must be undergraduate students or recently graduated, in good standing, and eligible for enrollment in a tribal college or university.
how to apply
(1) Letter of Interest: Send a 1-2 page letter explaining your interest in a HERS internship, a description of previous internships or research experience, your academic goals, and how you will apply this experience in your own communities.
(2) 2 Letters of Recommendations. We require both an academic letter of recommendation as well as a character reference.
(3) College or university transcripts
(4) 1 writing sample
Applications Due April 1st, 2014.
Send completed application and required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
The HERS Summer Internship program is supported by the National Science Foundation under Award EPS-0903806 and matching support from the State of Kansas through Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation and the Kansas Board of Regents. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.