Science Fields of Study


National American Indian Virtual Science & Engineering Fair

AISES is hosting its fifth virtual science and engineering fair!

Students from 5th-12th grade can participate in the NAIVSEF. There are two categories for entrants, Senior Division (grades 9-12) and Junior Division (grades 5-8). NAIVSEF projects may be submitted by individual students or teams of up to three students. Each participant (whether an individual or team) must have one adult sponsor. The sponsor can be either a parent, teacher, or mentor. AISES awards cash prizes to the winners of each division.

The NAIVSEF differs from other SSP-affiliated fairs in that it is a “Virtual Science Fair”. Unlike live fairs, virtual fairs do not require travel as the fair and judging are conducted online and via teleconference calls. Participants submit their projects as videos and slideshows online.

Read more about NAIVSEF at: http://fairs.aises.org/naivsef

NAIVSEF Key Dates

  • Online registration 
    September 18 – February 14, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts March 1, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of projects videos/slideshows
    March 23, 2018
  • Online judging of completed projects
    March 26 – 30, 2018
  • Interview date/time notices sent by email no later than 
    March 30, 2018
  • Winners notified and announced
    April 13, 2018

A complete timeline can be found at:
http://fairs.aises.org/naivsef/timelines

The Alaska Summer Research Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will accept applications from Feb. 1 to April 15 for its middle and high school programs.

The academy will be held each day from July 10-21, 2017. Students accepted into the summer program will spend two weeks with a small group and two instructors exploring a topic in science, engineering, math or technology. The program is offered through the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics.

Click HERE for more information.

AISES is excited to announce that the 2017 Leadership Summit will be held in Chandler, Arizona April 27-29 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino.

The Leadership Summit is aimed at providing Native higher education students and AISES professionals with in-depth professional development workshops and networking opportunities. The major focus of the Leadership Summit is to build the skill and aptitude levels of AISES members in the realm of professional and career development- to better prepare them to attain and excel at jobs and careers in STEM fields.
Multiple sessions will engage participants while also offering networking opportunities. The summit also fosters the matching of STEM professionals with STEM students for mentoring.

For more information on registration, hotel and ground transportation, please visit: http://summit.aises.org

Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (S.T.E.M. Loan for Service)

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the AY 2016-2017

Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (STEM Loan for Service) is a graduate level educational loan awarded to United States Federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native community members (students) pursuing graduate or professional level education. To be considered, applicants must possess a minimum 3.0 GPA and be pursuing a master, doctorate or professional degree in the STEM fields, be full-time student at an accredited graduate or professional school in the United States. STEM Loan for Service recipients must agree to relocate, if necessary, to obtain acceptable employment for the service payback agreement.

The specific purpose of the Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund (SPGSF) program is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional degree candidates to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research in and opportunities for careers with Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and BIE funded organizations on and off reservation and tribal governments. Future employment with other federal and state agencies and private entities may be eligible if the organization’s primary mission is assistance and support to tribal communities or individuals.

Advanced education is the STEM fields is in greater demand than ever before, particularly in Indian communities. Many tribal lands are situated on lands with greater natural resources potential that requirement individuals with education, skills and expertise to sustainably develop resources. Indian students in STEM fields often recognize the importance of reinvesting their knowledge back into their home communities, bringing skills back to home tribes or other tribal communities. There is a high deficiency in STEM fields and urgency for research to understand why. A portion of the SPGSF will be directed towards graduate level (Masters and Doctoral) research to understand the barriers that discourage Indian students participation in these fields and expanding STEM opportunities at Tribal Colleges and Universities.

The SPGSF is a loan for service program to be served on a 1 per 1 basis, i.e., one year of funding per one year of service. The maximum amount of an award will be up to $30,000 per year. Actual award amounts and the number of awards will be determined based on the number of funded students at each academic level (master’s, professional and doctoral).

Note: All applicants are required to submit a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC) and Financial Needs Form (FNF) which is always available at http://www.aigcs.org where you may also review the AIGC Online Application Instructions.

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Interested in space?  Here’s a great article that includes scholarship opportunities to learn more!

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/01/24/scholarships-space-natives-all-ages-are-invited-space-camp-163175,

The American Chemistry Society Scholars Program (ACS Scholars) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research center, which is actively investigating the health effects of environmental agents and serving as a resource for the community.

ACS awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who wish to pursue a career in chemistry or related fields. Awards of up to $5,000 are given to qualified students.

Eligibility:

1.) African American, Native American and Hispanic students planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically-related field with outstanding academic records and a desire to pursue a career in the chemical sciences can apply for an ACS Scholars Award

2.) High school seniors entering college and planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically-related field

3.) College freshmen, sophomores or juniors currently pursuing or planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically-related field

4.) Community college students majoring in a two-year chemical technology program or planning to transfer to a four-year school

Awards:

$2,500 for freshmen
$3,000 for sophomores
$5,000 for juniors and seniors

The award will be divided to cover multiple semesters or other terms comprising the academic year.

Application Due Date: May 1, 2015

For further instructions and to apply, please visit http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/scholarships/acsscholars/apply.html

Students!  Are you interested in what learning opportunities and institutions there are in Alaska?  The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education publishes a wonderful resource called “Going To College in Alaska.”  You can download it here.

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