Wild rice is culturally, historically, and environmentally significant to Minnesota and the upper Midwest. New research examining the restoration of wild rice environments, led by Sarah Dance, a graduate student in the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Engineering, is truly inspiring and significant. It brings together Native communities, researchers, and universities to address water quality and conservation in a collaborative way that appreciates the voices and knowledge of all.
“I’m hoping to spark an interest in pursuing science and to help improve Native American representation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by creating this space for students to pursue research that aligns with their identity and what they want to do for their communities while also having the academic and rigorous aspects,” Dance says. “You don’t have to turn your back on your community or pursue something that doesn’t align with your ideals.”Sarah Dance, “Wild rice project sows seeds for university, tribal collaboration“