PACER Tribal Colleges & Universities Research Scholars Program 



Lauren Sauer’s project will provide funding and leadership opportunities for students and faculty of Tribal Colleges and Universities that are interested in homeland security-related research fields.



As part of PACER's commitment to invest in the training of a future, diverse workforce, with the skills necessary to succeed in homeland security related research fields, we will recognize and support outstanding undergraduates from two of the nation's Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). The program seeks out students with a demonstrated interest in conducting academic exploration related to homeland security topics that align well with PACER priorities.  PACER is dedicated to creating an undergraduate research training program specifically targeted at underserved Tribal Colleges and Universities.  PACER collaborated with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) on this initiative, as well as the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the National Native American Law Enforcement Association (NNALEA) to identify specific areas of homeland security education needs.

Completed Project Overview

A total of seven students from two tribal colleges were funded in the first round of this project. In the second round, five more students were identified from Illisagvik College in Barrow Alaska.

Each student was provided with an e-reader and electronic texts, lectures from PACERinvestigators and a project. The students were expected to perform a hazard-vulnerabilityanalysis for the region of their choosing. Most chose their hometowns or the area around their respective colleges. Additionally, the students met in groups to update (or in the case of one college, build from scratch) their college's disaster plan.

Technical assistance for thisundertaking was provided by Lauren Sauer and Gabor Kelen. Project leadership as well asAIHEC representation traveled to colleges to implement the program.

Principal Investigator(s) and Researchers(s)

Lauren Sauer, M.S.

Principal Investigator, PACER