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jpl lab tourIRSE is dedicated to undergraduate STEM education.  Most importantly, the program actively seeks STEM majors as well as providing meaningful service to best retain students through completion of their STEM degrees.

Two programs are currently in place (with more to be added at a later date).  The All Nations Alliance for Minority Participation provides Native American STEM students semester stipends and travel to professional conferences.  Of interest, in April 2014 Dr. Aaron Thomas accompanied three AMP students to Pasadena Califonia on a visit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Information on the program is linked to "AMP" on this web site. 

IDeA NetworkS of Biomedical Research Excellence awarded IRSE grant funding for a mathematics tutoring program during the 2013-14 academic year.  Native American students are elgible to receive daaily tutoring assistance at no charge.  In fact, as an incentive the INBRE grant funds a small allowance monthly to students who attend tutoring. 

Lastly, IRSE is meeting with UM students interested in re-establishing a campus AISES chapter (American Indian Science and Engineering Society).  Though the chapter is not yet organized, IRSE has already funded two students' travel to the April regional AISES Conference.

University of Montana

Indigenous Research & STEM Education

Aaron Thomas, Ph.D.

Phone: 406.243.2052

32 Campus Drive | Missoula, MT 59812