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June 6, 2007

Summer Program Brings Native American Junior High Students To UI

Fifteen junior high students from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in Mission, S.D., are spending part of their summer at the University of Iowa getting a glimpse of college life and learning how to conduct research in chemistry and biotechnology.

Iowa First Nations (IFN) Summer Program 2007 begins Saturday, June 9 and concludes Saturday, June 23. IFN's Instructor Catharyn Turner coordinates the academic component of the program, which provides understanding of several key chemical concepts through lab work and a final research project. Student research projects will consist of visual presentations that illustrate the area of chemistry researched and drafting a journal article describing the importance of the area of chemistry researched. The presentations will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 22, in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building. This event is open to the public.

IFN combines lectures, laboratory work, computer experience and field trips to provide a wonderful summer learning experience for participants. The students explore science-based careers by visiting the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Nursing Simulation Lab.

The students prepare for college while working with Native American role models. The IFN co-directors are Joe Coulter, Ph.D., UI associate dean for diversity and professor of public health and Marisa Moore, multicultural coordinator in the Center for Diversity and Enrichment. Coulter is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma; Moore and is a member of the Omaha tribe of Nebraska and Iowa.

The Iowa First Nations Summer Program is a continuation of the original American Indian Science and Engineering (AISES) Comprehensive Enrichment Program which was established in 1988. The University of Iowa began its participation with the first Iowa First Nations Summer Program in 1990 after AISES discontinued their participation in the youth summer programs.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: Marisa Moore, 319-335-0591, and Joe Coulter, 319-384-5492