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2020 Native Explorers Flyer

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If you are an American Indian interested in the natural world, Native culture and connecting with other Natives you should consider joining our team of Native research scientists, educators and physicians on a scientific and cultural expedition. The program provides out of the classroom, hands-on experiences that will strengthen your knowledge of science, medicine and Native cultures. We will work with you to build professional networks in science, medicine and culture.  Ultimately, you will experience the coalescing of Native traditions and culture with the natural world, science, and medicine while creating lifelong, professional networks and friendships. To this end, the program will provide guidance for your career choices and strengthen your cultural background. 

If you are interested in learning about the vertebrate fossils, natural history and Native culture and traditions, this scientific expedition is for you. You may be eligible to earn three hours of college credit.  The program will run from May 18 - May 29, 2020.  The deadline for application materials and letter of support is March 1st, 2020 (received). Successful participants will be notified by email shortly thereafter.


   18 years of age (minimum)

   Enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe

   Earned high school diploma, equivalent (e.g., GED) or approval of selection committee at time of participation in program

   Good academic background (grades and service). Grades will be considered but will not be a limiting factor for a successful applicant

   Interest in learning, especially sciences and medicine

   Active member of affiliated tribe (traditional). Individuals lacking this criteria but interested in learning traditional ways may be considered

   Letter of reference from an academic instructor

   Applicant is responsible for transportation to and from OSU-CHS

   Physician’s release form signed by licensed physician (for selected participants only)

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