Our Mission

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.


Founded in 1977, with a rapidly expanding membership of more than 4,000 individual members, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) sustains 189 chartered college and university chapters, 15 professional  chapters, and 158 affiliated K-12 schools supporting American Indian students in the critically needed disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). AISES has awarded over $10.3 million in academic scholarships to American Indian STEM students. Through scholarships and internships, workforce development and career resources, national and regional conferences, science fairs, leadership development and other STEM focused programming, AISES is the leader in STEM opportunity for American Indians.  

Our Programs


The focus of the Pre-College Program is “Awareness and Retention.” AISES engages in a multitude of programs and events that aim to ensure students are given exposure to first-rate STEM programs and events all thoughout their pre-college education.

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The focus of the College Program is “Access and Success.” AISES administers and is involved in many programs and events for American Indian and Alaska Native col­lege students to increase access to, and boost success in STEM.

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The focus of the Professional Program is “Leadership and Change.” AISES supports its professional members in STEM, providing a network of Professional Chapters and an annual Professional Awards Program.

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Our Impact


Through the quality and reach of our programs and the longevity and devoted commitment of its “family,” AISES is the leader in STEM opportunity in Indian Country. Members from over 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and AISES enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic, and tribal decision-makers.

For more information about see the AISES regional model plan and graphic.