|NATURE program seeks faculty participation|
The NATURE program seeks faculty participation. Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) is an outreach project aimed at improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among North Dakota tribal college and tribal high school students. This N.D. EPSCoR-sponsored project supports participation between math, science and engineering faculty from UND and NDSU to collaborate with North Dakota tribal colleges in this outreach effort.
Major programs of this project include: a summer camp for tribal college students and faculty at NDSU, summer camps for high school students at four tribal colleges, and Sunday Academies during the academic year. For its second year, 2006–2007, the project will develop activities focusing on environment, renewable energy, and nanotechnology. Students form mentor-style relationships with professors at the state’s research universities. They learn to perform cutting-edge research experiments that incorporate American Indian culture while building problem-solving skills. During summer NATURE camp, students perform research experiments in University labs and in the field under faculty guidance.
The project team is currently seeking additional faculty participation from both UND and NDSU campuses. Attracting Native American students to advanced STEM courses at high school levels and nurturing them into STEM careers through continuing education in two-year and four-year colleges are major education challenges facing North Dakota and the nation. We believe that we can make a difference by working together. Interested faculty members should contact Gary Johnson (GaryEJohnson@mail.und.nodak.edu,701-777-2492) at UND or Wei Lin (email@example.com, 701-231-6288) at NDSU.
-- Gary E Johnson, Assistant VP for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7017772492