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MAPS Education

Haskell Environmental Research Studies Institute (HERS)

This 8-week summer research program in Lawrence, Kansas, is led by faculty from Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas.  The program is designed to prepare Native American undergraduate students for scientific and technical careers.  Participants conduct research on climate and environmental change occurring in a Native community of their choice.  At the end of the summer program and during the following academic year, interns have several opportunities to present their work at professional meetings, workshops, and symposia around the country, including the Society for Advancing Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) or American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). 

Apply now for the 2022 Summer Institute!

HERS Website

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The Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute

This workshop invites up to ten high school biology teachers from across Kansas to attend a week-long learning experience interacting and conducting fieldwork with MAPS researchers.  Teachers participate in both large and small group activities focused on exploring outdoor environments and learning about the current MAPS research. In addition, participants will develop activities and lessons they can use in their classrooms. Interested teachers must apply to be considered.


Apply now for the 2022 Summer Institute!

Resources for High School Science Teachers:

Aquatic Ecology
Terrestrial Ecology
GIS Mapping
General Resources

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

We support several opportunities for undergraduates to conduct independent research at five universities across the state.


The Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance

for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP)

In conjunction with the MAPS Track-1 Award, Kansas NSF EPSCoR is supporting the LSAMP Research Immersion: Pathway to STEM (RiPS) program. This is an 8- week program for KSU undergraduates and Kansas Community College students. Participants conduct independent research while working directly with a MAPS investigator in their lab.


Kansas Ecology for Elementary Students (KEES)

MAPS researchers and KU students visit elementary classrooms in-person or virtually multiple times a semester to teach small group hands-on ecology lessons related to the current MAPS research. 

Contact Dr. Peggy Schultz for more information

Watch videos about the lessons on our YouTube channel.



Kansas Ecology for Elementary Students Resources


Meet MAPS Student Researchers

Meet MAPS student researchers and learn why they decided to study science.

Diana Diaz, Florida Gulf Coast University undergraduate and 2021 REU participant 

Hannah Nuest, University of Kansas undergrad and 2021 REU participant

Hannah Reid, University of Kansas undergrad and 2021 REU participant

Justin Oettle, Wichita State University undergrad and 2021 REU participant 

Theo Michaels, (part 1 and part 2), a doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU

Laura Podzikowski, a doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU

K-12 science videos posted on the KEES YouTube Channel

Diversity Resources