Meet the Indigenous student org improving First Nations’ representation in STEM

AISES provides mentorship, support, opportunities to Indigenous students in STEM fields

By Maeve Griffin, The Badger Herald

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society held its kickoff meeting in the American Indian Student and Cultural Center on Wednesday evening. The meeting occurred concurrently with the national AISES conference in Phoenix and a Wunk Sheek student organization meeting, illustrating a tenacious presence of Native American student groups in the Madison community.

The AISES is a national organization that operates on the K-12, collegiate and professional level to increase the First Nations’ representation in STEM careers. The organization has a vision for the next seven generations of Indigenous people to be “successful, respected, influential and contributing members of the vast and ever-changing global community,” according to AISES.

The AISES website boasts an impressive reach of 196 collegiate chapters with more than $11 million worth of academic scholarships awarded. In an email statement to The Badger Herald, AISES UW Chapter President Miranda Jordan said the membership provides students with unique access to STEM-career mentorship programs, exclusive research opportunities and leadership summits that aid in professional development. Read more …