AIS Research

Undergrad research—it's what we do

The word is out about UW-Eau Claire and the incredible amount of collaborative student-faculty research that goes on here. In fact, the National Council of Undergraduate Research recently named us #1 in the nation for master's level universities. It's at the core of our mission, and students in the American Indian Studies program benefit from the low student/faculty ratio and the ability to work closely with faculty on multiple projects if interested.

The sky is the limit in terms of research topics, and students are able to work with faculty to combine interests from their other courses of study or even personal interests to create a project. In many cases, these projects have gone on to launch career path's and graduate study pursuits, so don't miss this enriching opportunity typically reserved for graduate students at many universities.

Savannah Rigert, AIS and social work major, intern at LCO Child Welfare.

Working to keep families together

Senior American Indian Studies and social work major Savannah Rigert is completing an internships on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation in Sawyer County of northern Wisconsin, working make it possible to keep children and families together.

Keeping families together

What kinds of research topics are possible?

Here is a sampling of collaborative student-faculty research projects through the American Indian Studies Program over the last few years. And these are just the projects conducted with one of the incredible AIS faculty members. 

  • 2017 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) funded through ORSP "Language Used In Studies About American Indian/ Alaska Native Mental Health" - study purpose to ascertain the significance of cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity in providing treatment to AI/AN mental health patients.
  • Current Blugold Fellowship student is working on Native American identity within four texts by authors Leslie Marmon Silko, N. Scott Momaday, Sherman Alexie, and Linda Hogan.
  • "Public Sacred Space: Recognizing the UWEC Council Oak", presentation of findings at CERCA - Spring 2015
  • "Needs Assessment for the Ho-Chunk Nation Priory Project" - Summer 2014, ORSP Funding, groundwork for creating an Inter-tribal living learning community (LLC) at the Priory residence hall. 
  • "Unemployment in Native American Communities", presented at Western Social Sciences Association Conference - April 2014.
  • "Needs Assessment for the Ho-Chunk Nation Priory Project" - Fall 2013-Winter 2014, ORSP Diversity Mentoring Program, continued work on potential Inter-Tribal LLC.
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