About Us


History

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) was created by American Indian scientists, engineers and educators in 1977. In view of the high dropout rates and low college enrollment and graduation rates of American Indians compared with all other ethnic groups in the United States, and the severe under representation of American Indians in the science and engineering fields, Native professionals resolved to create an organization that would identify and remove the barriers to academic success for Native students.

Through a variety of educational programs, AISES offers financial, academic and cultural support to American Indians and Alaska Natives from middle school through graduate school. AISES provides professional development activities to enable teachers to work effectively with Native students. It also develops culturally appropriate curricula and publications. AISES builds partnerships with tribes, schools, other non-profit organizations, corporations, foundations and government agencies to realize its goals.

AISES especially helps American Indian and Native Alaskan students prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering and business. American Indians live on lands with abundant natural resources and potential for development. With proper management of these resources by skilled Indian professionals, tribal nations will be able to take giant steps to diminish the persistent problems of alcoholism, poverty, suicide and despair, and to build strong and sustainable Indian and Alaskan communities characterized by self-determination and self-reliance.  

The Student Chapter of AISES at CSM was founded in 1989 by Russel Stands, an undergraduate students at that time. Since then, the number of active members has fluctuated, but our long term trend is growth. CSM AISES operates with support from the Multicultural Engineering Program, is student run, and holds periodic meetings to coordinate activities and support its members.

Mission

The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.

Impact

Through the quality and reach of its programs and the longevity and devoted commitment of its “family,” AISES is the undisputed leader in STEM opportunity in Indian Country. Members from over 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and AISES enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic, and tribal decision-makers.

Organizational Structure

AISES is a large organization that is made up by seven regions. These regions encompass the United States and Canada. AISES is comprised by grade school, college, and professional chapters. The CSM chapter is located within Region 3.

Resources

Winds of Change Magazine - An award-winning quarterly magazine. Thousands of American Indian students, teachers and other readers learn about educational opportunities, programs, and current Native issues.

AISES National Chapter Website - A quick access to AISES headquarters, programs, people, merchandise, events and more. Located at aises.org

 

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