Wiyot for "rising up" 

Pronunciation is approximately "doo-loot-seek." Audio Example

Research Experience for Undergraduates

This is a new summer program for undergraduate students interested in research experience in the science and management of natural resources on tribal lands and in collaboration with tribal partners. While all students are eligible to apply, given this program's particular emphasis, the deepest learning will be achieved by students with a personal connection to tribal resources.  We especially encourage applications from American Indian, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian students.  It is funded by the National Science Foundation’s “Research Experience for Undergraduates” (REU) program.

Humboldt State University’s REU will support the training of 10 students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2016-2018.

Application for the 2017 Summer

Faculty and tribal mentors available for 2017

Students accepted into the program will receive a weekly stipend of $500 as well as assistance with housing, travel, and research expenses.


The Program

Students will design research projects on natural resource management in close collaboration with faculty mentors from the HSU departments of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Forestry as well as with collaborators from the Wiyot, Yurok, Hoopa, and Karuk Tribes. Students will also participate in workshops on Traditional Ecology Knowledge (TEK), responsible conduct of research, and how to get into graduate school. Excellent facilities at HSU, important collaborations, and access to unparalleled nearby ecosystems offer students and their mentors opportunities to pursue research questions unique to this region, but with broad application, such as interactions between climate change and fire, forest alteration and wildlife habitat use, using environmental DNA in water samples to monitor elusive species, and development of hydrological models to optimize water releases from dams for important fish species.

The program is especially geared toward American Indian, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian students. Students will learn how research is conducted, and many will present the results of their work at scientific conferences. In collaboration with local tribal offices and tribal natural resource managers, this program promises to situate scientific research in a context of tribal application. Thus, the students will not only learn vital lessons about the practical value of science, results from collaborative student research projects can provide essential data for natural resource managers, and influence land use decisions. More information about the program is available by contacting the PI (Dr. Matt Johnson at matt.johnson@humboldt.edu) or program coordinator (Dr. Seafha Ramos at seafha@gmail.com).