WRITER: MELANIE LAVERMAN
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
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Local student attends American Indian science program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A local student is participating in a summer program
at the University of Iowa that introduces American Indian high school students
to college-level science work and helps them build skills through experiences
that blend native cultures with contemporary sciences.
(Name of student) of (hometown) is attending the American Indian Science
and Engineering Society (AISES) Summer Program in the Life Sciences, which
began at the UI nine years ago. The DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund
provides AISES with money for the camp. For the last three years, the UI
has also received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health.
One of several programs sponsored by AISES on college campuses, the
life sciences program is an intensive three-week course of lectures, laboratory
work, computer experience, field trips and other activities.
Students prepare for college while exploring career possibilities and
working with native teachers and role models who come to the camp from
all over the U.S. Teachers this year include John Brewer from Little Wound
School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in Kyle, S.D., Carolyn Penning from
the All Nations School in St. Paul, Minn., and Craig Brandow from the Native
American Preparatory School in Rowe, N.M.
Dr. Joe Coulter, professor of neuroscience, UI associate provost and
director of Opportunity of Iowa, is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi
Nation and the camp director. He says that former AISES camp participants
have been accepted to colleges throughout the U.S.
"There are AISES camps all over the country--at Montana State,
Minnesota, New Mexico," he says. "After the students become known
on those campuses, they're highly recruited by the universities, including
Some 40 students representing 16 tribes from 11 states are participating
in this year's program. They will all be in 10th grade this fall, and they
are already anticipating attending college.
Jerod Benally, Navajo from Fruitland, N.M., says although he doesn't
know for sure which career he will pursue, the AISES camp is an important
part of his college preparation. "I want to gain more knowledge in
science," he says.
Besides a lot of hard work, the camp provides plenty of time for social
activities. The schedule includes games, bowling, canoeing, horseback riding,
and swimming and boating at Lake Macbride.
Megan Scott, Lumbee from Pembroke, N.C., says she also has participated
in AISES camps on other campuses and, while she likes learning about science,
she enjoys the other activities too. "It's fun to meet new people,"
EDITORS: This release contains information about a student from
your area. Students' names are listed below by state and hometown.
|| Andrew Jefferson|
|| Tyrus Wanatee|
|| Joshua Begay, Aaron Peshlakai|
|| Seraphina Wall|
|| Molly McLaughlin|
| Tuba City
|| Claresa Bedonie, Jaclyn Begaye, Kyle Curry|
|| Summer Sando|
|| Kori Robertson|
|| Michelle Smith|
|| Sterling Teller|
|| Robert Coy|
|| Jerod Benally|
|| Nyla Mulla, Erica Harker|
|| Raylon Apachito, Angela Ganadonegro, Stacey Guerro, Joshua Herrera,
|| Cheyenne Jim|
|| Natasha Clark|
|| Raquel Burbank|
|| Mark Franklin, Jr.|
|| Rease Harker|
|| Jimmy Oxendine|
|| Champ Goins|
|| Jason Godaire, Tashina Harris, Cory Locklear|
|| Amanda Bullard|
|| Megan Scott|
| Red Springs
|| Brice Jones|
| New Town
|| Vicki Alberts|
|| Silas Blaine, Jr.|
|| Kory Provost|
|| Colette Humphrey|
|| Donovan Antelope|