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Education

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.

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Resources for High School Science Teachers:

Aquatic Ecology
Terrestrial Ecology
GIS Mapping
General Resources

In coordination with the University of Kansas COVID-19 response, the 2020 Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute is canceled

Haskell Environmental Research Studies Institute

(HERS)

The Haskell Environmental Research Studies Institute (HERS) is an 8 week summer research program housed at Haskell Indian Nations University.  The program is designed to prepare undergraduate tribal college students for scientific and technical careers.  During the institute, students conduct independent 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). 

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In coordination with the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University COVID-19 responses, the 2020 Summer HERS program is canceled.

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.

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In coordination with Kansas State University’s COVID-19 response, the 2020 Summer KS-LSAMP program is canceled.

Kansas Ecology for Elementary Students (KEES)

MAPS researchers and KU students visit elementary classrooms two to three times a semester to teach small group hands-on ecology lessons related to the current MAPS research. 

Contact Dr. Peggy Schultz for more information

In coordination with the University of Kansas’s COVID-19 response, the KEES program will no longer be visiting Kansas elementary classrooms in the spring of 2020. 

 

 

MAPS Summer Research Experiences for

Undergraduates (REU)

This is an 8 week program for undergraduates to conduct independent research working directly with a MAPS investigator in their lab.

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For information about a MAPS related summer research opportunity at the University of Kansas contact Dr. Jim Bever

For information about a MAPS related summer research opportunity at Kansas State University contact Dr. Walter Dodds

For information about a MAPS related summer research opportunity at Wichita State University contact Dr. Greg Houseman

For information about a MAPS related summer research opportunity at Fort Hays State University contact Dr. Mitch Greer

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In coordination with the Kansas Universities COVID-19 response, the 2020 Summer REU programs’ field and lab work will be limited and will utilize distance learning.