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Release: June 23, 1999
University of Iowa hosts annual American Indian science
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A summer program at the University
of Iowa 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.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Summer Program in the Life Sciences began at the UI 10 years ago. The DeWitt
Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund provides AISES with money for the camp.
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 conduct experiments using microbiological techniques and look at
how their laboratory findings relate to environmental changes, natural resources
The students prepare for college while exploring career
possibilities and working with native teachers and role models. Teachers this
year include John Brewer from Red Cloud Indian School and Misty Brave, from
Oglala Lakota College, both on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Joe Coulter, Ph.D., UI associate provost for diversity
and director of Opportunity at Iowa, is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi
Nation of Oklahoma and the program director. He noted that the AISES program
prepares students to succeed in college and beyond.
"Most program participants go on to college, including
here at the University of Iowa. Just this year, Tracy Peterson, a Navajo 10th
grader from Ganado, Ariz. who was in the 1990 summer program, received his
bachelor's degree this spring from the University of Iowa," he said.
Forty-two students representing 23 different tribes from
11 states are participating in this year's program. They all will be in 10th
grade this fall and are already thinking about college, Coulter said.
Students also have plenty of time for social activities.
The schedule includes games, bowling, canoeing, horseback riding, and boating
and swimming at Lake Macbride.
The summer program continues through June 27.