Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

AIHEC STEM Resources Portal »

AIHEC Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
The AIHEC STEM Resources Portal is a collaboration space for TCU STEM. It's intended to be a comprehensive resource for Tribal College and University faculty and staff to support TCU science, technology, engineering, and math programs.

Learn about STEM meetings, programs, and opportunities both nationally and at the TCUs:
STEM Announcements »

NASA Summer Research Experience for TCU Undergraduates
AIHEC is working with NASA to recruit at least 25 Tribal College and University faculty and students to participate in summer research experience projects for up to ten weeks.

Explore the NASA Center websites and find a NASA Center that interests you and your students. Review the program guidelines and application requirements and submit an application to AIHEC.

For more information, send e-mail to Al Kuslikis or call 703.838.0400 x121.

Living Science—Strengthening and Sharing Native Knowledge at TCUs
Living Science report »

Living Science book cover

The scientific community has much to learn from the educational and research models employed by tribal colleges, which view diversity as a cornerstone of the institution—not as a problem to be solved. TCUs engage the entire community in the knowledge-building process and recognize the importance of culture in shaping lived experience. Although the numbers of American Indian students pursuing degrees in STEM fields at mainstream universities have been low, at TCUs, STEM student bodies are growing.

"At some tribal colleges, STEM majors represent a quarter of all students enrolled. There are no other institutions that represent that success." (Dr. Jody Chase, National Science Foundation program director for the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program, speaking at the 2011 STEM Leaders Forum in Arlington, VA.)

In recent years, Navajo Technical College (NTC, Crownpoint, NM) has experience a more than 700 percent increase in STEM students. For more than a decade, AIHEC has been a key component of this success.

Protecting Our Home—Native Leaders, Tribal Colleges, Western Scientists Collaborate
Climate Change report »

cover for Protecting Our Home report

"Our Mother Earth has a fever," a heart-felt appeal spoken by Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota elder and spiritual leader at the Native Peoples Native Homelands Workshop as Looking Horse addressed the nearly 400 attendees who gathered at Prior Lake, MN, November 2009. His words are also a potent description of the mission of the workshop convened by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in partnership with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the nation’s 36 Tribal Colleges and Universities.

We must work together to make her well.”In 1998, Nancy Maynard, currently NASA Tribal College and University Project Manager, realized that Native peoples had been left out of the United States National Climate Change Assessment process. To make sure Native peoples would be included in that U.S. assessment, she put together the first Native Peoples Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop.