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    HERS Summer Internship Program

    June 5 - July 28, 2023

    Climate and environmental change are 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 graduate school and to help meet the challenges of climate and environmental change. This is a paid internship. Travel will be provided to and from Lawrence, KS, to the Konza Prairie Biological Station, and to work with the Oneida tribe in Green Bay WI.

    COVID-19 policies will reflect KU & Haskell policies. Vaccines are strongly encouraged. Updates will be provided as available.


    Photo of Dr. Dan Wildcat

    Daniel Wildcat, Ph.D., is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma and professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. He is an accomplished scholar and the founder of Haskell Environmental Research Studies internship program with colleagues from the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University. Through his efforts the internship program has helped undergraduates succeed in higher education endeavors. He authored the inspiring book Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge (2009).


    Photo of Dr. Jay Johnson

    Dr. Jay T. Johnson is a professor and Associate Chair in the Geography & Atmospheric Science program 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.

    Photo of David Sicilian

    David Sicilian is an instructor in the Mathematics Department at Haskell Indian Nations University in the College of Natural and Social Sciences. His interests include, physics, astronomy, data science, and rocketry.

    Associate   Director

    Photo of Dr. Joe Brewer

    Dr. Joseph Brewer II is an associate professor in the Environmental Studies program, and the Director of the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Kansas. His research interests lie in working with Indigenous people on community driven land tenure and natural resources initiatives that work towards self-determination.


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