College Programs

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.

The College Program supports undergraduate and graduate education and students in STEM studies through college chapters, regional and national conferences, leadership development, mentorship, scholarships, internships and career resources. 

College Programs


AISES offers a universe of opportunities to students! Our students choose to move fiercely forward in their educational journeys by learning and acquiring new skills that will help them in meeting the ever-changing STEM needs of our communities.

At AISES, we invest more than just scholarship support into our students; we are investing confidence, trust and a large community of support and encouragement for our students. Year after year, our AISES scholars bring potential and limitless possibilities for the future of STEM, each working towards advancing his or her opportunities in STEM career fields.

Among our current and past scholarship programs, sponsors have included Chevron, Boeing, Intel, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Navy Civilian Careers and many others. Information for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year is now available. View our current scholarships.


The AISES Internship Program provides students with applied work experience and an opportunity to explore career options. Placing students in 10-week summer positions with partner agencies, the program also promotes advanced study to the graduate level and assists students in developing professional networks. Interns are provided with round-trip airfare or mileage to internship site, a weekly stipend, dormitory lodging and a local transportation allowance.

In 2013, internship opportunities included: ASRC Federal Holding Company, USDA FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service), Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Census, U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

View our current internships.

Sponsored by Intel

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is accepting proposals from current student members to create, with the guidance from AISES staff and Intel developers, an app to assist in improving communications to the AISES members community. 

AISES is requesting current student members register and submit a proposal.  The selected team will receive free registration to the 2016 AISES National Conference in Minneapolis, MN. (up to three members, teams can consist of more than three members, but AISES will only pay for up to three members to attend) and $1,500 in scholarship funding for undergraduate or graduate studies. (Total of $1,500 scholarship must be split if team has multiple members).

For more informaiton visit:

Should you have questions about this Request for Proposals, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Paz, Director of Membership and Communications by phone at (505) 765-1052 ext 112 or by email at

AISES is now accepting applications for the 3rd LTP cohort!
All applications and supporting documents must be received by August 19, 2016.


AISES was awarded a 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the “Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM” program.  The program’s goal is to increase the representation of American Indians, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty positions at universities and tribal colleges across the country.  The program aims to create an intergenerational community of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and junior and senior faculty members.  This full circle of support will help guide students to successful degree completion and advancement to the next stage on the academic career path.  In addition to full circle mentorship, the program strives to provide students with valuable academic and professional support, travel funding, and educational, research, fellowship, and internship opportunities.


  • Full time college undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoctoral scholar in a field within Biological Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Geosciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, or Engineering at an accredited four-year college/university or two-year college.  Must be enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree.
  • Interest in becoming a faculty member at a college, university, or tribal college.
  • Have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA), with consideration being given to applicants reflecting somewhat lower GPAs but with high potential to raise the GPA above 3.0.
  • Current member of AISES.

Selection of students will seek balance with respect to a diversity of tribes, geographic areas in the United States, STEM majors, and gender. While the focus is primarily on American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians, all AISES members are eligible. The selection process will attempt to ensure that a diversity of STEM disciplines is reflected.

Scholars in the program will receive an annual participation stipend of $2,250 for two years, and two years of travel funding to attend the AISES National Conference and AISES Leadership Summit or discipline-specific professional conference.  Scholars will be matched with an AISES selected faculty mentor to interact with at least monthly.  Scholars are required to participate in skill-building, professional-development in-person programming and webinars.  Finally, scholars will have the opportunity to engage in an active community of Native STEM researchers.

Application instructions:

  • You must be either an undergraduate student, graduate student, or post-doctoral fellow to apply.
  • Complete the “Lighting the Pathway” application online:
  • Submit the following supporting documents to
    • Unofficial transcript(s)
    • CV/Resume
    • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Application and supporting documents are due August 19, 2016 by 5:00pm (applicant’s time zone)

If you have any questions, please contact Kyle Coulon at

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Travel Assistance and Professional Development Program, for: Engineering Graduate Student, Post-Doctoral Fellows, and Early-Career Faculty

Would you like support to travel to and attend the 2016 AISES National Conference in Minneapolis, MN with specific professional development tailor just for you?  Are you interested in becoming or advancing in your career as an Engineering Faculty member?

With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is able to bring up to 40 PhD students, post-doc professionals, and early-career faculty in Engineering* to the 2016 AISES National Conference for professional development workshops, cultural activities, and networking. 

Travel Funding to the AISES National Conference (November 9-12)

  • Awards will cover expenses incurred traveling to and attending the AISES National Conference, up to $2,000.  
  • Eligible expenses include round-trip airfare, lodging, and conference registration. Any remaining funds, after those items are paid, may be used for other associated travel costs and/or meals.  
  • AISES will provide lodging for five (5) nights: November 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2016. 
  • Participant travel days will be Tuesday, November 8 and Sunday, November 13, 2016.
  • ASSIST Travel Assistance and Professional Development Program participants are required to attend a full day of program specific sessions and events on Wednesday, November 9th.


  • Faculty and post-doctoral applicants must hold engineering appointments in an ABET- accredited institution; and faculty from two-year colleges must teach STEM-related courses.
  • Faculty applicants must have held their appointment for five years or less.
  • Post-doctoral applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in engineering no more than 48 months prior to their application.
  • Graduate students must be working on their Ph.D. in an engineering field, be in good standing, and be enrolled as full-time students.
  • *Engineering fields also include engineering education, technology and communication fields, and multidisciplinary studies.

How to Apply

  • Applications will only be accepted through the website:  
  • Deadline for applications is September 19, 2016 by 5pm Mountain time.
  • Applicants will be notified by September 26, 2016 with travel arrangements made upon confirmation.

If you have any questions, contact Kyle Coulon at or 720-552-6123 ext. 108.  We hope to see you in November! 

Through AISES members are connected with employers seeking to hire in STEM fields. AISES members have access to AISES job board. Additionally, by signing up for AISES monthly E-Opportunities Update, you will receive information about job postings, scholarships, internships and other STEM opportunities.

AISES Job Board

Posting jobs on the AISES website enables employers to advertise opportunities within their organizations to AISES’ top-talent membership of professionals, students, educators, and others in the STEM fields.

Access the Job Board

AISES Annual Leadership Summit 

Thank You for Making the 2016 Leadership Summit a Success!

AISES’ Leadership Summit is aimed at providing Native higher education students and AISES professionals with in-depth professional development workshops and networking opportunities. Multiple sessions engage participants on such personal and professional development topics as “Maintaining Cultural Identity” to “Change Management: Managing Personal Change” and “Bridging Native Tradition within STEM.”

The Leadership Summit also offers networking opportunities for early to mid-career level professionals and Native students in STEM and fosters the matching of STEM professionals with STEM students for mentoring. Studies prove that building peer support networks and providing positive role models, mentors, and career development programs have profound effects on minority college students in STEM and, we all know, that it’s important for professionals too!  This is why the Leadership Summit will focus on providing positive role models, training and matching STEM professionals as mentors with mentees, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities not only with peers, but with other Native students and professionals.

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.

Goals of the Summit include:

  • Increasing the skill and aptitude level of AISES members in professional and career development.
  • Developing AISES professional members as role models for the AISES college and graduate students.
  • Providing Native college and graduate students with support and building their confidence to transition to the STEM workforce.


AISES National Conference 

Held annually since 1978, the AISES National Conference is a one-of-a-kind, three-day event convening high school juniors and seniors, college and graduate students, teachers, workforce professionals, corporate partners, and all members of the “AISES family.”  The AISES National conference has become the premier event for Native American Science, Engineering & Math (STEM) professionals and students attracting over 1,600 attendees form across the country

The AISES 2017 National Conference will be in Denver, CO, September 21 – 23, 2017. For the latest information on the AISES National Conference click here.  To ensure you receive notification updates about the upcoming National Conference, please be sure you sign-up for informational updates and our monthly newsletter. 

Here are nine reasons why this is a “must-do” event.

  1. Networking. Offering cutting-edge thought on important current STEM issues, excellent career resources, and traditional cultural activities, the AISES National Conference is unlike any other STEM conference you’ll attend.
  2. Community. With 1,800 participants in 2010, there is something of a "reunion" quality to the AISES National Conference, where even newcomers feel they are coming into a "family" setting, and where our deep-seated commitment to personal relationships can be bolstered.
  3. Deeper Discovery. The conference provides thought-provoking and illuminating learning through concurrent sessions and special professional development workshops.
  4. Employment.   AISES' National Conference offers the largest career fair in Indian Country, with many companies and agencies hiring on the spot, and others looking to identify talent for future recruitment.
  5. Educational Resources. In addition to the professional development tracks and workshops, AISES’ National Conference opportunities to showcase academic research and study as well as connections to graduate, internship, fellowship and career opportunity.
  6. Indigenous and Elder Wisdom. Offering blessings, insights, and wisdom throughout the event, AISES’ National Conference offers a unique perspective on ways tradition and STEM can be effectively bridged in the 21st century. Our Council of Elders helps remind us where we come from and what we need to hold onto in order to live a life that is not just meaningful, but full of meaning.
  7. Welcoming Atmosphere. The AISES conference offers a sense of community and "family" that can sustain your spirit as many of us venture far from our communities to navigate our educational and career paths.
  8. Real-Time. Nothing beats the face-to-face value of conference attendance, not only for networking and mentoring, but also when it comes to the fun and affirmation of the social events, awards ceremonies, and traditional events such as the Powwow.
  9. Nice Price. Take a look at other conference registration fees and you'll find that AISES' National Conference is a good deal.
  10. Inspiration. The presence of so many young Natives, educators, and professionals gathered for good purpose is uplifting, sustaining, and joyous.

AISES Regional Conferences 

AISES’ Regional Conferences take place every spring and provide an opportunity for AISES College and Professional Chapters to gather and share information, form partnerships, and to network with each other and with selected presenters and partners.

Each regional conference has a number of informative sessions and activities for both college and high school students. Among the activities provided are mini career fairs, poster presentations, and engineering competitions. AISES’ student representatives and the host chapters for the following year are selected at the regional conferences.

Local and national professionals within a variety of fields provide workshops, seminars, and discussion groups about a wide variety of topics. Generally, each Regional Conference host develops a theme or focus area for the Regional Conference (environmental, bridging native cultures with science, etc.).

The host chapter for the following spring’s regional conference is determined during the Regional Conference held each spring.

Chapters interested in hosting the regional conference indicate their interest in hosting and make a verbal presentation regarding their resources, planning, and ability to host the conference. Each college chapter in "Good Standing" is allowed one vote; the majority of votes determines the location of the regional conference.  

Visit the events section to find upcoming Regional Conferences near you. 


Power-Up Workshops 

What’s a Power Up Workshop?

Power Up workshops are designed to boost student engagement in science fairs and to improve the quality and quantity of science fair research and projects entered at the local, national, and international level. At these workshops, students, and educators can gain new knowledge to bring back to their community, learn about new ways to conduct scientific research, and participate in quality programs that are designed to drive student success in STEM.  The curriculum utilizes a 28-page Power Up workbook developed by AISES.  Workshops are interactive, follow the workbook, and utilize audio-visual aids, such as slideshows, flipcharts and small group activities. 

The target audience, for these ½ day workshops, is middle and high school students (grades 5 through 12) and their educators.  Attendance at Power Up Workshops typically consists of educators, parents, and students and can range from 25 to 100 plus individuals, depending upon the community size, number of schools in the region, venue size, and general interest. 

These workshops are a great way to introduce your students to science fairs and to learn what it takes as an educator to get your students ready to participate in local and regional science fairs, or even, the NAIVSEF!  National American Indian Virtual Science and Engineering Fair info can be found online at:  Unlike other fairs, your students do not have to travel to participate in the NAIVSEF!


In 2010, AISES staff and a select group of educators and subject matter experts were able to produce the first POWER UP Science Fair Manual and educational workshop that focused on the scientific method, effective project presentations, proper research techniques and information on how to complete the complicated paperwork that is required to produce successful science fair projects.

AISES has presented the manual to four out of its seven regions with thrilling success. More than 150 students and 50 teachers, representing over 25 tribal nations and communities have attended these workshops. Over 85% of the students reported that the POWER UP Science Fair Manual and workshop was helpful. In addition, students reported that they plan to utilize what they had learned for the creation of their own science fair projects at the AISES National American Indian Science and Engineering Fair in addition to other community or state science fairs. (Currently, the AISES fair is now offered as a virtual fair, but there are plenty of “live” fairs throughout the country for high schoolers and middle schoolers!)

Host a Power Up Workshop This Spring!

We’ll come to your community!  AISES has funding from a number of generous sponsors to provide Power Up Workshops across the country.  We anticipate conducting up to 8 workshops this winter/spring 2015.  Interested schools and community organizations need to contact AISES (info provided below) to start the process.  Funders for this year’s Power Up workshops include the United States Department of Energy, Toyota USA Foundation, and Motorola Foundation.

What’s required to Host?

We try to make it as easy and cost-free as possible.  First, host communities/schools need to have or serve a significant Native American/Native Alaskan student population.  Schools or organizations can be on- or off-reservation communities, urban or rural.  All you need to do is be willing to provide a venue large enough for the anticipated students and/or educators with appropriate seating (e.g. classroom, school auditorium, community building, etc.) and help us get the word out.

AISES will provide the rest of the programming at no cost (manuals, presentation materials, presenter).  The workshops can be held during teacher in-service days at schools, in the evening, afterschool, during school, or on a weekend day.  The session could even be presented as part of another event you are already offering!

Process:  Basically the process is: 

  1. AISES contacts communities that respond to this article.
  2. AISES and community work to find and secure a suitable space for the workshop.
  3. Dates are selected.
  4. Logistics are arranged.
  5. AISES and the community promote the workshop event.
  6. Workshop is held and brief (we mean brief) evaluations collected.
  7. Evaluations are analyzed (we do this).

How do I start the process?

If you are an authorized individual from a school or community, please send an email to Kathy DeerInWater, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Research at​, indicating your interest, number and types of potential attendees you expect to have in attendance, your community location, possible sites for holding the event, and some desirable dates. You may also view the Power Up Science Fair Manual.

American Indian Research and Education Initiative

In partnership with the Department of Energy, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) are supporting projects to foster tribal community-based energy research, technology transfer, economic development, and public education projects. These projects connect science education and research among American Indian college students and faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) with mainstream higher education institutions while helping to address Tribal community energy priorities.

The overarching objective of AIREI is to foster the development of future American Indian scientists, engineers and leaders with the scientific and technological skills to assist Tribal communities (and the nation) in developing and managing energy resources.  Program goals are: 1) to engage American Indian college students in relevant and exciting applied research engineering, and technology transfer projects conducted on Tribal lands; 2) to strengthen and enhance access by American Indian college students to energy-relevant STEM education programming, and 3) to establish a community of energy practice involving faculty and students from TCUs and mainstream institutions, and DOE/National Laboratory research, engineering, and education personnel.

AIREI project grantees are:

  • Arizona State University* and Navajo Technical University
  • Montana State University* and Little Bighorn College
  • Northern Arizona University* and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology* and SInte Gleska University

*portion of project managed by AISES