1. Education & Research Program for 7-12 Grade Students and RET
This education and research enrichment program for 7-12th grade Native American students integrates Indigenous knowledge into the geosciences.
1A. Geoscience Workshops
This consists of a one-day geoscience workshop in the Fall and a Science Fair in the Spring. These events are for Native American high school students held on the OU campus as a way of introducing them to the campus experience and the geosciences. They are organized through the OU College of Arts and Sciences Department of Native American Studiesí American Indian Math and Science Society.
1B. Geoscience School Presentations and Outreach.
Utilizing a presentation that integrates Indigenous knowledge with the geosciences, project staff interacts with students grade 5-12 to introduce them to the geosciences as a possible career field. In addition, outreach presentations are given to the public and coordinated groups, including students at Oklahomaís tribal colleges, to educate about the relationship of Indigenous knowledge and the geosciences and the potential for further research. These events are intended to encourage Native American students to prepare for college and to consider the geosciences as a higher education pursuit.
1C. RET program.
This research experience for teachers (RET) focuses on providing in-depth content knowledge in the Geosciences for teachers (5 per year) with large populations of Native American students in their respective schools. This will result in a cadre of master teachers that can then teach in-service sessions on the Geosciences in their local communities.
2. Undergraduate General Education Course
The course is titled Earth Systems of the Southern Plains and is offered once each academic year. This course integrates Indigenous knowledge, expressed through oral history and art, into an earth systems science course that fulfills a natural science general education requirement. This course results in a greater understanding of natural science and a greater appreciation for the knowledge-base of the Native American community.
3. Undergraduate Research Internships
The Geoscience Research Institute for Native American Undergraduates provides an internship opportunity for OUís Native American students interested in pursuing original research with mentorship provided by faculty. The financial and personal support derived from this internship encourages students to continue pursuing a geosciences degree, as well as preparing them for graduate and professional work in the area.