REU Students


Wiyot for "rising up" 

Pronunciation is approximately "doo-loot-seek." Audio Example

Research Experience for Undergraduates

This is a new summer program for undergraduate students interested in research experience in the science and management of natural resources on tribal lands and in collaboration with tribal partners. While all students are eligible to apply, given this program's particular emphasis, the deepest learning will be achieved by students with a personal connection to tribal resources.  We especially encourage applications from American Indian, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian students.  It is funded by the National Science Foundation’s “Research Experience for Undergraduates” (REU) program.

Humboldt State University’s REU will support the training of 10 students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2016-2018.

Application for the 2018 Summer

Faculty and tribal mentors available for 2018

Students accepted into the program will receive a weekly stipend of $500 as well as assistance with housing, travel, and research expenses.

The Program

Students will design research projects on natural resource management in close collaboration with faculty mentors from the HSU departments of Wildlife, Fisheries, Environmental Science, Chemistry, and Forestry, in some cases also with collaborators from the Wiyot, Yurok, Hoopa, and Karuk Tribes. Students’ projects will be tribally-related by having one or more of the following attributes: conducted on tribal lands and in collaboration with a tribal partner, focused on a culturally relevant species, intended to have substantial application for tribal resource management, and/or incorporating Traditional Ecology Knowledge (TEK).  Students will also participate in workshops on TEK, responsible conduct of research, and how to get into graduate school. Excellent facilities at HSU, important collaborations, and access to unparalleled nearby ecosystems offer students and their mentors opportunities to pursue research questions unique to this region, but with broad application, such as interactions between climate change and fire, forest alteration and wildlife habitat use, using environmental DNA in water samples to monitor elusive species, and development of hydrological models to optimize water releases from dams for important fish species.

Working with their mentors, selected student interns will be expected to do the following during the program: (a) work full time (40 hrs/week) for 10 weeks (from 4 June to 10 August 2018), (b) participate in all program workshops and related educational opportunities, (c) deliver periodic oral presentations of their research proposals, progress reports, and final findings, and (d) prepare a written report or poster of their research project.  In addition, selected student interns will also be expected to present their research at a regional or national conference later in the year (travel paid for by the program).

The program is especially geared toward American Indian, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian students. Students will learn how research is conducted, and many will present the results of their work at scientific conferences. In collaboration with local tribal offices and tribal natural resource managers, this program promises to situate scientific research in a context of tribal application. Thus, the students will not only learn vital lessons about the practical value of science, results from collaborative student research projects can provide essential data for natural resource managers, and influence land use decisions. More information about the program is available by contacting the PI (Dr. Matt Johnson at or program coordinator (Dr. Seafha Ramos at

Program Staff

Program Director


Program Coordinator


Available Mentors

All of our mentors are Faculty who teach on Campus


Lynika Butler, a linguist for the Wiyot Tribe, provided the program name: rroulou'sik - Wiyot for "rising up."
Brittany Britton created the rroulou'sik logo.  Brittany is a member of the Hupa tribe and an accomplished artist.