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American Indian Science and Engineering Society

National nonprofit organization established with the goal of developing Native American professionals and leaders in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society
4263 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Fax: 505.765.5608
Today's Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
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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.

Members from more than 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES’ rapidly expanding membership of more than 4,300 individual members. AISES also enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic and tribal decision-makers.

Founded in 1977, AISES has programs available for pre-college, college and graduate students, as well as professionals. The organization sustains 189 chartered college and university chapters, 15 professional chapters and 158 affiliated K-12 schools supporting American Indian students in the critically needed STEM disciplines. AISES has awarded more than $11 million in academic scholarships to North American Indigenous STEM students.

Through scholarships and internships, workforce development and career resources, national and regional conferences, virtual science fairs, leadership development and other STEM focused programming, AISES is the leader in STEM opportunity for North American Indigenous students and professionals. 

Our Programs

To accomplish its mission, AISES works with pre-college and college students, as well as professional members working in STEM fields. Many of the projects within our three core program areas overlap as AISES seeks to provide mentee opportunities for our pre-college and college members with professional member mentors.

Program Area One

Awareness and Retention for Native Pre-College Students, Students’ Parents and Educators

In order to increase the numbers of Indigenous North Americans seeking degrees and careers in STEM fields, students must be started on the STEM pathway early. One of the biggest challenges in reaching this goal is ensuring that students, educators and parents have access to information and resources related to STEM.

Far too often, because there is little, if any, access to these critical resources, students are unprepared to undertake a STEM major when they begin college. Many students lack the necessary high school classes required for entrance into a STEM major in college and are thus faced with the challenge and costs of taking additional pre-requisite college classes. Given this, many Native students opt-out of STEM majors for other majors.

AISES provides the following programming:

Energy Challenge Competition • Power Up Workshops • SPRK-ing Interest in Computer Science • Research and Poster Presentations and Competitions • College and Career Fair • College Tours • National Conference Sessions • K-12 Affiliate Chapter Membership to 158 Schools

Program Area Two

Access and Success for Native American Undergraduate and Graduate Students

AISES administers many programs, services, and events for undergraduate and graduate students designed to increase their access to college and support their success in STEM in preparation for career opportunities in STEM fields.

Native college students need professional mentorship and peer support in addition to scholarship support. Students are most successful when they have a network of other Native students, as well as professionals who can provide ongoing supports while they are pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies. AISES provides exactly this critically needed support through its programming.

AISES provides the following programming:

Scholarship Funds for STEM Majors • Internships in STEM Fields with Corporations and Government Agencies • Fellowships (Lighting the Pathway Program) • Research and Poster Presentations and Competitions • Professional Mentorship • 189 College Chapters Across North America • Regional Conferences • College and Career Fair • Leadership Development and Student Leadership Opportunities • National Conference Sessions

Program Area Three

Leadership and Change for Native STEM Professionals

AISES is dedicated to supporting early, mid and executive professionals in STEM fields through professional development, career opportunities, networking and research support to mentors who support professionals in STEM.

AISES’ support does not end once a student graduates from college and enters a STEM career, but rather provides ongoing career and professional development programming to help Native STEM professionals grow and succeed in their chosen career fields. Additionally, AISES offers a multitude of opportunities for professionals to “give back” through mentoring and supporting Native STEM students.

AISES provides the following programming:

Mentoring of Students • Scholarship Review and Scoring • Research and Science Fair Judging • Serving as Speakers and Trainers at AISES Events • Corporate Advisory Council Service • Government Relations Council Service • Professional Chapter Council Service • Academic Advisory Council Service • Canadian Indigenous Advisory Council Service • Tribal Nations Advisory Council Service • Winds of Change Ad Hoc Committee Service • Professional Development Programming • Career Fair • Professional Awards • 15 Professional Chapters Across North America • National Conference Sessions • Opportunities to Present Research

Program Area Four

Strategic Partnerships and Research for Native People in STEM

In addition to AISES’ three core programs – Pre-College, College and Professional – AISES also engages in strategic partnerships and conducts research to further our mission of substantially increasing the representation of North American Indigenous in STEM studies and careers.

AISES engages in the following partnerships, projects, and research*:

U.S. Department of Education • Cherokee Preservation Fund • Helen A. Powers Foundation • Salt River Project • Intel • General Motors • Motorola • The Boeing Company • Indigenous Education, Inc. • Comcast Universal • National Science Foundation • 50K Coalition • Chevron • U.S Department of Agriculture • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway • America’s Navy • Navy Civilian • NextEra Energy • Raytheon • General Electric • Microsoft • IBM • AISES Publishing, Inc.

*This is not all inclusive.

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