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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. IRSE also provides service to in grades 8-12 in order to introduce and engage them in science and engineering fields, help set a path for careers in STEM, and better prepare the students for higher education. Various partners and funding opportunities have been identified to assist in the education of middle and high school, 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 an IRSE priority. With an overarching goal to increase the number of STEM degrees completed by Indigenous students, IRSE will commit intensive and sustained service to Indigenous students.

Education and research also extends to the tribal colleges and tribal communities in a collaborative effort to ensure 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