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QEM Network received support from the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) to offer two cohorts of a TCUP STEM Leadership Development Institute (LDI) from August 2006-August 2007 and from August 2008-August 2009. The LDI was designed to support and encourage broader participation by Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian faculty and staff in leadership roles of STEM projects at their home institutions. Participants in the three-part LDI came from tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), Alaska Native-serving institutions (ANSIs), and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions (NHSIs) that had multi-year projects supported through the TCUP program. LDI cohort members were prepared and expected to take a leadership role in the design, promotion, and management of new STEM Projects for their campuses and to provide enhanced support to the principal investigators and project directors of the TCUP projects at their institutions. To be eligible for participation in the LDI, applicants also had to be enrolled or affiliated members of a federally recognized tribe/entity or have a demonstrated long-term commitment to and involvement in STEM education at TCUs, ANSIs, or NHSIs.

Highlights from LDI Fellows:

  • Wannetta Bennett is President of White Earth Tribal and Community College

  • Meredith Berthelson, Mathematics Department Chair at Blackfeet Community College, is pursuing a graduate degree.

  • Michael Ceballos, formerly Director of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Research Lab at Salish Kootenai College (SKC), has opened the Native American Research Laboratories (NARL) at the University of Montana to offer students and faculty from indigenous backgrounds exposure to modern instrumentation and state-of-the-art techniques in biological and chemical sciences.

  • Ida Red Bear has assumed a leadership role in Oglala Lakota College's STEM Teachers of Excellence Education Program (STEEP). The STEEP initiative strives to create new highly qualified teachers in secondary and elementary math and science, and to develop collaborations between area school systems and the local community.

  • Jason Tinant has assumed a leadership role as Co-PI for Oglala Lakota College (OLC)'s TCUP Phase II Project, designed to develop new research projects based on the Pine Ridge reservation that incorporate undergraduate teams and OLC faculty. The projects collaborate with local OST agencies and are designed to meet the needs of the Pine Ridge community. Mr. Tinant also heads OLC's Great Plains Riparian Protection Project (GRIPP), which prepares students for a career in environmental sciences and the use of GIS remote sensing as well as collects data to provide solutions for the future use of the land. GRIPP, funded by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, is the agency's first grant to be awarded to a tribal college.

  • Michael Price has made presentations related to Culture and Science at several national meetings/workshops. He is now the Academic Dean at White Earth Tribal and Community College.

Cohort I Fellows:

Wannetta Bennett
White Earth Tribal and Community College

Kurt Goodwill
College of Menominee Nation
Michael Price
White Earth Tribal and Community College

Meredith Bertholson
Blackfeet Community College

Kerry Hartman
Fort Berthold Community College
Ida Red Bear
Oglala Lakota College

Michael Ceballos
Salish Kootenai College

Irving Igtanloc
Ilisagvik College
Todd Romero
Navajo Technical College

Alphia Creapeau
College of Menominee Nation

Benita Litson
Diné College
Angeline Sells
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Frank Francis-Chythlook
University of Alaska Fairbanks - Interior Aleutians Campus
Deborah McLean
University of Alaska Fairbanks - Bristol Bay Campus
Susan Thames
University of Alaska Fairbanks - Bristol Bay Campus
Annette Freiburger
University of Alaska Fairbanks - Interior Aleutians Campus
Shannon Nelson
Leech Lake Tribal College
Charles Jason Tinant
Oglala Lakota College


Cohort I Workshops:

Location
Date
Agenda
Bloomington, MN
August 6-10, 2007
Bloomington, MN
February 2-3, 2007
AGENDA
Bloomington, MN
August 21-25, 2006
AGENDA

 

Cohort II Fellows:

Gabriel Begaye
Haskell Indian Nations University

Alessandra Higa
Oglala Lakota College
Dan Pleier
Chief Dull Knife College
Grete Bergman
University of Alaska Fairbanks - Interior Aleutians Campus
Laurie Jensen
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Jason Sanders
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Charles Bingen
Little Priest Tribal College
Mike LaFromboise
Blackfeet Community College
Alyce Spotted Bear
Fort Berthold Community College
Perry Charley
Diné College - Shiprock
Lucas Miller
Haskell Indian Nations University
William Swaney
Salish Kootenai College
Shonna Dominguez
Little Big Horn College
Luther Olson
Turtle Mountain Community College
Erin Thomas
Michigan Technological University
Kathryn Froelich
Sitting Bull College
Tamara Parker
Little Priest Tribal College
Kimberly Willams
University of Alaska Fairbanks - Interior Aleutians Campus
Maxine Hamburg
Little Big Horn College
Miles Pfahl
Turtle Mountain Community College
Josette Wooden Legs
Chief Dull Knife College

Cohort II Workshops:

Location
Date
Agenda
Minneapolis, MN
August 3-7, 2009
Albuquerque, NM
February 6-7, 2009
Minneapolis, MN
August 4-8, 2008