Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH)

Provide a cooperative structure for the development and implementation of high quality, culturally sensitive and community supported research linked to health disparity issues. Collaborative effort will facilitate the participation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in the research process through training and mentoring opportunities within both academic and community settings.

Student Development Programs

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, in partnership with multiple groups interested in the health of American Indian people, has designed a student development program to support students who are interested in health care research and occupations. Through this program, students are provided with academic support, career guidance, and opportunities for hands-on learning experiences from middle school through graduate degrees.

Held in Madison, WI during the spring. Geared to students in 6th- 12th grade from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Purpose: The event serves to both welcome and attract American Indian students into health sciences professions. American Indian students are invited to the UW-Madison and Madison College campuses virtually to learn about science and health professions through hands-on activities, tours, and cultural activities. They will be introduced to American Indian professionals in the health sciences and can interact with UW-Madison American Indian students who have successfully navigated pre-college and college programs.

Geared for native Middle School and High School students in our region, we are proud to announce this year's Virtual Indigenous Health and Wellness Day!

Cost: FREE



Held in Milwaukee, WI during the summer. Geared to high school students (freshman year completed), have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and live in Wisconsin, Michigan, or Minnesota

Purpose: This is a 10-day on campus experience giving American Indian students an introduction to college life, which involves interactive scientific and cultural experiences. A wide array of science topics is explored; some past ones have included forensics/DNA evidence, field station work, management of water resources, microbiology, and hematology. Exploration takes place through tours, hand-on activities, and interactive visits at various Milwaukee area colleges and universities.

When: July 12-21, 2021

Cost: FREE


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Multiple sites within the MN, WI and MI area, throughout the Summer and Fall. Geared to Native American college students from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year. The internship is a time of academic mentoring and summer research experiences during the undergraduate years. Students approved for this program will work with identified research mentors in paid research internships at selected universities and colleges. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with mentors on research projects that are directly addressing health issues in American Indian communities.

Students must complete an application process. Preference will be given to those students who have completed the American Indian Science Scholars Program.  Submit the following documents: Application, Letter of Interest, Community Involvement, College Transcript with GPA (unofficial copy accepted) and Writing Sample.

>Internship Flyer 2021

>Internship Application 2021

Great video post from GL NARCH Intern Jeneile Luebke!

Posted by Great Lakes NARCH (Native American Research Center for Health) on Friday, September 11, 2020


GL NARCH Intern Final Presentations 2020

4th Annual Tribal Environmental Health Summit

Through Our Eyes: Advancing Resiliency Through Research

Summer 2022 at Lake of the Torches Resort and Casino in Lac du Flambeau, WI

The 4th Tribal Environmental Health Summit (TEHS 2022) is expected to:

  1. Renew and solidify networks among researchers working on tribal environmental health issues and policy
  2. Increase stakeholders understanding of Tribal environmental health policy needs and goals
  3. Provide an opportunity for students to explore a variety of relevant career paths
  4. Provide a venue for discussing progress made in Tribal environmental health science and future directions
  5. Develop a summary of the best practices and needs for publication
  6. Showcase Tribal Environmental Health research projects through presentations and scientific posters

We also expect that the 4th TEHS will continue the trend of improving the relevance of Tribal Environmental Health Summits by incorporating the critiques and evaluations from the 3rd TEHS held in 2018.

Travel assistance funds available for speakers and native students. For more information and registration please contact Great Lakes Native American Research Center at 800-472-7207 or