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Michael Dunaway - From Haskell Undergrad to KU Grad


C-CHANGE IGERT Trainees complete a teaching internship working with tribal college undergraduates at Haskell Indian Nations University during each summer’s Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute. The HERS Institute focuses on Climate Change in Indigenous Communities. IGERT Trainees partner with Haskell undergrads on research projects designed to teach Interns basic climate science, research methods, and presentation skills in preparation for Interns’ graduate study in STEM disciplines. HERS Institute graduate, Michael Dunaway, a member of the Choctaw Nation, has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to study climate change and alternative energies in Indian Country.

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As a Haskell undergraduate, Michael Dunaway was not considering graduate school, but through his participation in the Haskell Summer Institute, his work with IGERT trainees and his attendance at IGERT Colloquia, he made connections with graduate students and faculty who encouraged him to consider pursuing a graduate degree. His application for graduate study in Geography at KU was a direct result of his participation in IGERT-supported Haskell Institute and a subsequent REU Internship with the NSF Kansas EPSCoR program. He continues to participate in IGERT activities and stays in touch with IGERT faculty and trainees during his graduate studies at KU.