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IRSE looks to expand the research and education opportunities for Indigenous students. This includes identifying methods and best practices to assist Indigenous students in obtaining B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.’s in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related fields. STEM education through IRSE includes students in K – 12 in order to introduce them to the fields of science and engineering, engage students in these fields, help set a path for careers in STEM, and better prepare them for higher education. Various partners and funding opportunities have been identified to assist in the education of K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students.

IRSE is also interested in helping identify research opportunities for undergraduate students to gain insight and experience in STEM fields. Assistance in guiding graduate students through the graduate school process as well as being a part of research projects is also an opportunity through IRSE. One of IRSE’s goals is for students to complete degrees in STEM fields, and we will work closely with Indigenous students to achieve this goal. Education and research also extends to the tribal colleges and tribal communities. The purpose is how we can collectively work together for the advancement of Indigenous people.

University of Montana

Indigenous Research & STEM Education

Aaron Thomas, Ph.D.

Phone: 406.243.2052

32 Campus Drive | Missoula, MT 59812