American Indian Summer Institute in Earth System Science

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The American Indian Summer Institute in Earth System Science is a free two-week residential summer program for Native high school students currently in grades 8-11. Participants will conduct field research and camp out on the La Jolla Indian Reservation, then travel back to the beautiful UC Irvine campus to experience dorm life while interacting with professors, college students and invited American Indian community members to create poster presentations relating to tribal environmental issues.  This program aims to address the critical need for Earth and Environmental Science professionals within tribal communities.

The first week will be spent on the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians Reservation campground, learning about Earth System Science with Dr. Kathleen Johnson. The second week will be spent on the UCI campus dormitories, learning about the university environment, study skills, and academic preparation. The students will also design a presentation utilizing the skills they have learned while in the program. In the afternoons, they will engage in cultural workshops and activities as well as field trips and social events. The program will end with a symposium where students will present their work as well as a closing ceremony with awards for outstanding students. Presentation award winners will win an all-expense paid trip a National Conference in the Fall.

All students in the program will receive follow-up mentorship by UCI staff and students throughout their remaining years of high school, which will include guidance in choosing their coursework, financial aid, and applying to a university.