AISES E-Newsletter November 2015

From the CEO:


Well, the time is finally here!  At AISES our excitement has been building to a fever pitch over the 2015 National Conference and it’s almost time to pack our bags and head for warm, wonderful Phoenix.

The Annual AISES National Conference is a one-of-kind, three-day event focusing on educational, professional, and workforce development!  Attendees include American Indian high school and college students, educators, professionals, tribal nations and tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies!

I’m so proud of our members, volunteers and staff –thanks to their hard work, the AISES National Conference is now the premier event for American Indian Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students and professionals. The Conference attracts over 1,800 attendees from across the country.

There are too many highlights for me to list them all. From our Keynote Speaker, Billy Mills, Native American Olympic Gold Medalist, a live art performance and auction by American Indian artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, to our huge American Indian Career & Education Expo, college tours, a golf tournament, and much more—you won’t have any time to be bored!

With all that’s going on, it might be easy to miss something. That’s why we developed the Conference App to help you stay connected.

The Conference App lets you:
  • Create your own personal agenda for the AISES National Conference in just a few taps! 
  • Learn about sponsors, exhibitors and navigate your way through the career fair.
  • Meet new people and reconnect with old friends! 
  • Get real time event updates from AISES Conference organizers.
  • Tap into your competitive side. Download the app and start earning points for your participation!  Prizes will be awarded to top participants.

If you don’t have the free app. yet or want to update your 2014 version, just go to and we’ll get you connected!

And I can’t wait to connect with you!  My bags are already packed and I’m just counting down the days until I can visit with all of you at our huge AISES family reunion. Safe travels and I’ll see you in Phoenix!

Ta’Tura Tsiksu (With Much Respect),

Sarah EchoHawk

Winds of Change:

The Fall 2015issue of Winds of Change is now available, with news and opportunities for members at all points on their STEM path. Start with a preview of the 2015 National Conference, then turn to feature articles, updates from around the AISES family, profiles of members, and listings of summer opportunities. Look for the Fall 2015 issue in print and online at Also exclusively at is the Winds of Change 2015 Professional and Academic Development Guide, packed with tips and strategies for both students and rising professionals. 

Professionally Speaking

As a Professional member attending the 2015 AISES National Conference, you’re probably looking forward to re-connecting with old friends and colleagues. And, of course that’s part of the fun of the event. But in addition to spending time with those people you already know, our tradition reminds us to reach out to everyone in the AISES family. As our Chairman of the Board, Rick Stephens, says, “My wife tells me once we reach the top of the mountain it’s our duty to become guides for others.”

There are so many easy and rewarding ways to reach out. A simple start would be to welcome new members and first-time attendees to the Conference. When asked what stands out about AISES Conferences, people repeatedly say it’s the family feel. So if you’re a Professional member, help new friends feel comfortable at our huge family gathering!

If your company or organization is looking for interns, what better place to share that information than the annual AISES National Conference? It’s a good idea to print out details about the specific program, including requirements and eligibility, so you can offer the copies to interested parties.

Of course, mentoring naturally comes to mind when you think of reaching out. AISES has a strong online mentoring program you may want to join. Visit and check out the mentoring section or contact for details. Remember, you’re never too old to have a mentor!

All of this reaching out doesn’t mean you should push your own conference experience aside. Before you go, think about your professional goals. You might want to extend professional contacts, find your own mentor or collaborator, gain experience as a presenter, develop new skills, or simply renew your enthusiasm for your STEM career. 


Conference Connections

If you’re heading to a professional conference, such as the 2015 AISES National Conference, you might be going with a group of your college friends. So it’s natural to want to spend most of your time with them. You know each other. It’s comfortable. But it’s also a bad idea if you want to get the most out of the event.

Branch out! Think of it as Networking 101. While networking might not be your favorite thing, start small. Give yourself a goal, such as talking to one new person a day. Choose someone from the professional sector, a faculty member, or another student from your degree area. Just introduce yourself, ask about their interests, talk about your own, and be sure to leave them with a business card.

The cards are important and you should be prepared—nothing fancy--just something simple with your name, college or university, field of study, and contact information. You want to make sure you’re not forgotten after the Conference ends.


Make Your First Conference Number One!

If you’re a pre-college student, it may never have occurred to you to attend a career conference. But events like the upcoming AISES National Conference are a perfect way to get a feel for the STEM fields, check out what companies are recruiting, and do some early networking. We’ve gleaned a few tips from the Building Your Academic and Professional digital issue of Winds of Change to make your first conference run smoothly. For a more in-depth look, check out the information-packed Winds of Change article, available on the AISES website.

  • Ask questions. Panels conclude with question and answer sessions. Take notes during the panel on topics you would like to learn more about, and come up with questions to ask the panel or a single panelist when you have the opportunity to speak one on one. Questions impress panelists and show that you’re engaged in their conversation.
  • Network. Use your personality, knowledge, and student business cards* to your advantage and meet professionals in your field. Introduce yourself to peers and experts. You never know how connections will benefit you in the future —whether that’s finding a mentor or helping land your dream job.
  • Be punctual. Plan to arrive five to 10 minutes before the panel begins.
  • Be polite and professional. You’re representing yourself, your school, and your tribe, in a public setting.
  • Dress for success. Make a great impression with neat, pulled together business casual outfits that have you looking — and feeling — professional.



WOC House


Save the Date!

National Conference
November 19-21, 2015
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ
Register here

There is still time to register online and there will be In-person registration available at the event at the Phoenix Convention Center starting November 18th.

Make a Note!

AISES is no longer using a PO Box.  The mailing address for the Albuquerque Headquarters office is:
2305 Renard Place, Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87106.

The mailing address for the Colorado Field office is:
1225 Ken Pratt Blvd, Suite 206
Longmont, CO 80501.

Please update these addresses.