Welcome to the 2011 - 2014 NASA/Kiksapa Summer REU
(Research Experience for Undergraduates) information page

From 2011 - 2014 the NASA Minority University and Education Program (MUREP) funded Kiksapa Consulting, Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU), White Earth Tribal College (WETCC), Tohono O'odham Community College (TOCC), Blackfeet Community College (BCC), and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC) to lead a summer externship in GIS and Remote Sensing (NASA Cooperative Agreement NNX10AU65A).  This 10 week NASA Externship allowed for 3 weeks intensive training in GIS and Remote Sensing with an emphasis on Climate Change and 7 weeks research at their home institutions to complete their projects and ready posters and a presentation to cap off the experience. The NASA REU have had over a hundred Tribal College Students and Faculty go through the program from 2011 – 2014.  These students have gone on to matriculate into 4 year colleges, advance to Masters Degrees, begin working with the Tribal governments and agencies, become NASA Student Ambassadors, and go onto other internships (including NASA Center internships).  This program gave Tribal College students an opportunity to actively apply technology to a research project that they were passionate about as much of their focus centered on phenomena directly impacting their home communities.  You will see in the following excerpts from student projects just how varied, relevant and timely some of this research is for their nations. 

From 2011-2014 the NASA TCUP had students develop and present the summer REU projects.  Below is a selected set of student projects from the approximately 80 students that went through the program.







2013 Kiksapa NASA TCUP Summer REU

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2012 Kiksapa NASA TCUP Summer REU

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2011 Kiksapa NASA TCUP Summer REU

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