Apply to the REU SLAWR 2015 Summer Program

Students are invited to apply to the REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources, which introduces undergraduate students from 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities to the key elements of research on land and water resources that are essential to improving management practices, with a focus on Community-Based Participatory Research and diverse interdisciplinary research teams. Students are advised by a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary team of researchers associated with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (Flathead Reservation, Montana) (CSKT), the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (FDL), Salish Kootenai College (SKC), the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota (UMN), and the National Lacustrine Core Facility (LacCore), Limnological Research Center, UMN. It is anticipated that additional researchers from UMN and other institutions will be recruited as new projects are defined.
Participants are involved in ongoing and new community-defined projects that integrate Earth-surface dynamics, geology, civil engineering, ecology, biology, limnology, paleolimnology, and hydrology principles and techniques required for sustainable land and water management and restoration while using an interdisciplinary team-oriented approach that merges scientific and indigenous research methodologies. Students from 2- and 4-year institutions are encouraged to discover the entire range of academic and career options from management practitioner to Ph.D.-level researcher, and how these career possibilities relate to students’ personal, academic, and career goals. In partnership with two tribal reservations, we also introduce students to land and water management challenges and career opportunities on tribal reservations. Native American students are specifically invited to apply to this REU, but the REU teams continues to be diverse in ethnicity, age, life experience, regionality, and science discipline. The REU provides a CBPR research experience in multidisciplinary environmental protection that is both engaging and challenging. Key elements that promote these outcomes are: 1) a unique mentoring approach that fosters the “whole student,” with individual attention to academic, social, cultural, personal and financial circumstances; 2) a combination of experimental, field, and computational methods; 3) close interaction with faculty who are leaders in their field on cutting-edge research projects; 4) embedding student research within active ongoing research projects at a major research institution and in CBPR on tribal reservations; and 5) the intrinsic appeal of contributing to research on subjects of obvious local and national relevance in the stunning natural settings of Montana and northern Minnesota. Each part of the REU, from orientation, to carrying out the project, to the All-Team gathering in Minneapolis at the end of the program, is carefully designed to maximize the participants’ experience.


Today consisted of many types of conversations. We talked about what some challenges of the programs were, what we brought to the table, and got to meet with UM faculty and research students. It was refreshing to reflect on this past summer and give helpful feedback to Diana and Tony. To finish off the day, most of team Z went to Mall of America for shopping. Others had the opportunity to go to the race track instead.

-Ricardo Munoz

Saturday Shopping

Today I spent time with my friends in the city. This morning we had breakfast. I had some time to work a little bit on my paper. Then we drove to St. Cloud to shop. The mall in St. Cloud is real nice. I opted out of the trip on the research vessel, because I made friends to go to go out their farm in Annadale to see a concert on Sunday. We are going to see Charlie Parr. While I’m here I’m trying to work on our paper to be turned in tomorrow at 11am. Im excited for next week and to see everybody at the all team gathering. Sorry but I’m not going to make it to the picnic on Sunday.

The Good, the Bad and the Posters

Today we created works of art. Team Zaaga’igan printed out our posters and marveled at the finished products of hours of hard work. It definitely is an artistic skill to make a research poster. I feel like my partner, Ida, has the skills necessary to make a poster look great, I just have the stubbornness to not stop until it’s done. All in all, nothing compares to the feeling of seeing a 3×4 work of art that you worked so hard on all summer represented by a single pdf document.

This marks the second to last week of our internship and the last few days leading up to the date that our final products are due. We have been feverishly writing and rewriting abstracts, sending e-mails up to the deadline of abstract submissions for upcoming conferences and having our words critiqued over and over again. It’s all worth it in the end when you’re standing up there answering questions about complex research feeling like a rockstar when people respond to your poster with oohs and aaahs. I think one of the aspects of internships like this that bond students together is the common struggle of arriving feeling like you’re in over your head and leaving feeling like you potentially could be the next expert in the field. (May be slightly over exaggerated.)

Ida and Ma'Ko'Quah get some last critiques from mentor Chad Yost on their research poster.

Ida and Ma’Ko’Quah get some last critiques from mentor Chad Yost on their research poster.

Jordan and Jesse bask in the after printed poster glow.

Jordan and Jesse bask in the after printed poster glow.

Friday 8/01/2014

  1. This was a bittersweet day as we said goodbye to Tom, Charlie and Cord from Fond du Lac Resource Management and prepared for our trip to Minneapolis. Our morning consisted of driving out to the lakes we have been researching and seeing for ourselves the transformation the lakes have undergone with the wild rice growth. They really do look like hay fields instead of lakes. After lunch we sat down with Tom Howes and he answered any remaining questions we had. After saying our goodbyes we headed back to Forestry for some more writing and packing up the cabin.

8/6/2014 – Team SPAW

Team SPAW is done!!! It’s been a crazy few days of madly trying to finish up our papers and posters, complete with references and photos. But today the posters were printed and laid out to dry, and at 5pm the finishing touches were put on the last reports. A collective sigh of relief was breathed by all. To celebrate, we had a great dinner of moose, elk, and bison steaks, rounded out by tapioca pudding and red velvet brownies for dessert.



We’re super excited for our road trip to Glacier National Park tomorrow, and after that it’ll be time to pack up for Minnesota! Looking forward to seeing everyone!