Mini-Grant Opportunities in the Geosciences for AISES Student Chapters

Mini-Grant Opportunities in the Geosciences 

With a grant from the National Science Foundation Geoscience Education Directorate, AISES developed a new, innovative AISES service learning education and outreach projects in geoscience education for tribal communities. The goals of this program are: 1) to increase the number of Native citizen participation in and community awareness of the geosciences; 2) to increase the number of Native American undergraduate students majoring in geoscience fields or integrating geoscience-related coursework and knowledge into their science, technology, engineering or mathematic (STEM) field of study.

A competitive application process was used to fund small-scale community-based, service learning education and outreach projects on geosciences topics. Each chapter was awarded up to $7000 for projects lasting one semester.  Selected projects delivered informal science education activities for Native Americans in urban or rural communities on or off of Tribal Lands. The projects were managed and implemented by students and AISES College Chapter members.

AISES has awarded two cycles of grants to the following AISES chapters:

2012 AISES College Chapter Grantees

  • College of the Menominee Nation
  • Salish Kootenai College
  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Minnesota-Morris
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas

2013 AISES College Chapter Grantees

  • Mendocino Community College
  • Montana State University- Bozeman
  • Purdue University
  • Salish Kootenai College
  • University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
  • University of Utah