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This year’s theme: Food for Thought is subject to both a literal and a figurative interpretation. Figuratively, Food for Thought connotes intellectual nourishment and spurs new ideas—ways our STEM students and professionals can help respond to the needs and challenges of our community and world, today and tomorrow. Literally, the theme invites a diversity of perspectives on food supply, health, environmental, and resource issues facing our world today. Not lost in the dialogue is the pertinence of this year’s theme as it relates to the conference host city. Minneapolis (and its Twin sister City, St. Paul) constitutes a major U.S. agricultural hub, with 81,000 farms totaling nearly half of the state’s 54 million acres, and an agriculture and food industry that is the 2nd largest employer in the state. Like much of the rest of the country, Minnesota is working to balance quality of life issues with the integrity of the food supply, the health of the environment, and the strength of the agricultural economy. Added to this context is Minnesota’s rich tradition of Native foodways, such as wild rice, still hand-harvested in many communities. Minnesota is also home to a thriving biomedical industry, including medical technology, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and biofuels, all creating new, diverse and sustainable economic advances in the fast-growing field of bio-technology. From biodiversity and innovation to geopolitics and ethics, from tradition and sustainability to health care and food policy, the theme of Food for Thought opens the conference to a shared exploration of multiple viewpoints and interpretations. AISES’ partnerships with Native communities, corporations and government agencies positions us to facilitate frank and provocative exchanges at the 2011 National Conference, and we look forward to your being part of the discussion!

Nine Reasons NOT to miss AISES’ National Conference Held annually since 1978, the AISES National Conference is a one-of-a-kind, three-day event for high school juniors and seniors, college and graduate students, teachers, workforce professionals, corporate partners, and all members of the “AISES family.” Here are nine reasons why this is a “must-do” event:

1. Networking. Offering cutting-edge thought on important current STEM issues, excellent career resources, and traditional cultural activities, the AISES National Conference is unlike any other. 2. Community. With 1,800 participants in 2010, there is something of a “reunion” quality to the AISES National Conference, where even newcomers enjoy a deep-seated commitment to relationships. 3. Deeper Discovery. The conference provides thought-provoking and illuminating learning through concurrent sessions and special professional development workshops. 4. Employment. AISES’ National Conference offers the largest career fair in Indian Country, with many companies and agencies hiring on the spot, and others looking to identify talent for future recruitment. 5. Educational Resources. In addition to professional development workshops, there are opportunities to showcase academic research and study and connect to graduate, internship, fellowship and career opportunity. 6. Indigenous and Elder Wisdom. Offering blessings, insights, and wisdom throughout the event, AISES’ Elders bring a unique perspective on how tradition and STEM can be effectively bridged in the 21st century, and what we need to hold onto in order to live a life that is not just meaningful, but full of meaning. 7. Welcoming Atmosphere. The sense of community and “family” can sustain the spirit as we venture far from our communities to navigate our educational and career paths. 8. Real-Time. Nothing beats the face-to-face value of conference attendance, not only for networking and mentoring, but also when it comes to the fun and affirmation of the social events, awards ceremonies, and traditional events such as the Powwow. 9. Nice Price. Take a look at other conference registration fees and you’ll find that AISES’ National Conference is a good deal. (See pages 8-11 for full registration info.) Give us your 10th reason! Write us at with another great reason to attend the conference. We’ll choose a staff favorite on September 12 and post it to our website!

AISES Conference Highlights for all Attendee Groups Graduate & Under Graduate College Research Presentations and Poster Sessions Come see the exciting and innovative scientific research that AISES college members are doing to address complex real life issues facing our world today and tomorrow. E-Lounge Sponsorship Opportunity Available: see page 7 A convenient location where attendees can update their online resumes or briefly check in with email (Thursday and Friday).

Marketplace The beautiful craftsmanship of Native artists are on display at the Marketplace, located on Level Two (ongoing).

Opening Ceremony/Reception Sponsored by IBM Highlights include the keynote address, the student spirit-stick competition, and greetings from tribal leaders and AISES partners. (Thursday evening).

General Members’ Meeting All AISES General Members are convened to our annual meeting. For more information on AISES membership, visit: involve/membership (Friday afternoon). PENDING

Concurrent Sessions While many of the sessions are geared to tracks (pre-college, college, professional), several are of general interest to all attendee groups. See pages 8–11 for more session details (Saturday).

Food For Thought Panel: Corporate America has heard the call for healthy, sustainable food for all. Come learn the ways companies such as Cargill, General Mills, Pepsico/Frito Lay and others are managing research, production, and green/health imperatives for the 21st century (Saturday morning). Closing Circle Truthful sharing and encouragement bring a special significance to the Closing Circle event (Saturday afternoon). Closing Ceremony and Honors Banquet Sponsorship Opportunity Available: see page 7 The 2011 Professional Awards Ceremony recognizes exemplary leadership in STEM and in our community (Saturday evening). Social Powwow Join members of the AISES family and the regional Native community for a closing powwow (Saturday night).

Conference Highlights for Pre-College Participants and Educators UMinn Campus Tour Tour the University of Minnesota and learn about all of their STEM programs. Pre-register and choose your areas of interest. Lunch is included and educators and chaperones must accompany students on the tour (Thursday morning). Pre-College Concurrent Sessions The conference provides special sessions focusing on resume preparation, basic interview skills, and other success tools for the college admissions process. More details on pages 8–11.

Pre-College Poster Sessions Sponsored by NOAA High school juniors and seniors with experimental research-based presentation are encouraged to showcase their research and inspire their peers. Cash prizes will be awarded. Poster Sessions will take place on Friday morning. To apply please see: website-online registration process.

Conference registration cost are waived for those presenting their research. All other costs including travel and hotel accommodation are the responsibility of the participant. If you have any questions, please contact us at Mandatory Events for Pre-College Students • Mandatory Student Orientation (Thursday afternoon) • Regional Student Caucuses (Friday afternoon) • National Student Caucus & Election of new National Student Representatives (Saturday afternoon)

Pre-College Registration Policy Only high school juniors and seniors from AISES affiliated precollege schools are eligible to attend the AISES National Conference. There is a per-school limit of six students. One adult chaperone is mandatory for pre-college groups. All pre-college student groups must register in advance—on-site registration for precollege students is not permitted. For assistance with your online registration, please call our registration team at 877-530-2680. For more information on pre-college conference components, or to learn how your school can become affiliated, please contact us at


AISES Conference Highlights for College Undergrad and Grad Students College Chapter Awards & Student Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon NEW Sponsorship Opportunity Still Available A special luncheon spotlighting AISES’ astounding STEM talent: student leaders, researchers, interns and scholars, as well as our exemplary chapters whose numerous activities help fulfill the AISES mission. AISES college chapters can check out the award categories at our website: ference, or contact to receive an application. Honoree students will receive an invitation to the event, but other conference attendees may purchase a $25 admission to the luncheon, where there is an opportunity to network with tomorrow’s STEM leaders as well as other AISES stakeholders. Many of our AISES college chapters are involved in numerous activities that fulfill the AISES mission. Join us on Friday morning as we celebrate these achievements in the College Chapter Awards ceremony. Your chapter can check out the award categories at our website: Contact to receive an application (Saturday mid-day). GRAD Lab (Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees Laboratory) A half-day session provides an in-depth toolkit for those who are interested in pursuing the valuable process of graduate study. From navigating the ap­ plication process to obtaining funding, the GRAD Lab is a vital resource and a popular conference event, provided again by The National GEM Consortium. Pre-registration is mandatory: see (Thursday afternoon). Career Development Sessions From resume prep to post-collegiate living, from business etiquette to net working success, several sessions will focus on the important transition into your career. See more details on pages 8–12 (Saturday).

Graduate Student Networking Reception Hosted by the American Indian Graduate Center, this reception welcomes all college studetns to learn more about why grad school is the right path for you (Saturday morning). AISES Chapter Advisors’ Meeting Chapter advisors enjoy this opportunity to share questions, insights, and best practices about how to effectively support AISES campus chapters (Thursday afternoon).

Regional Student Caucuses AISES students are invited to gather by region to discuss issues of interest as well as elect the incoming regional representatives. For more information, contact: or This is a student event, and while professional mem bers and corporate partners are welcome to attend as observers, they are not eligible to vote and do not have presenting privileges (Friday afternoon).


Student Research Presentations at AISES National Conference Pre-college (high school juniors and seniors), undergraduate and graduate students are invited to showcase their scientific research at oral and poster presentation sessions during the 2011 AISES National Conference.


Students will receive valuable feedback on the quality of their research, and obtain citable credit for their presentations, which will be judged by a panel of STEM experts. Cash prizes will be awarded to the highest-scoring presentations, in both oral and poster categories.

General abstract submission criteria apply for each group; pre-college, under graduate, graduate. Additional criteria and information for each group will be listed separately on our website:

Research presentations are accepted from students who fulfill the following criteria: • Current AISES member (visit for information) • Currently registered in an undergraduate or graduate program, or a high school student (junior or senior) • Have conducted research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) • Presenting new research, or if a continuation of ongoing research, provides updated findings

Full presentation specifications are available at our website: www.aises. org/nationalconference/research. Abstracts (250 words or less) must contain the following: • Poster title, authors, and institution(s) • A hypothesis/statement of problem • Experimental methods/methodology used • Results (even if preliminary) • A conclusion Acknowledgements are optional • All approved abstracts will be published in the 2011 AISES National Conference Abstract Book. Participation in the research participations implies permission to use your photograph and name for promotional purposes. • Abstract Acceptance Notifications • Notifications will be emailed by October 10, 2011. • Student presenters will receive complimentary conference registration information. Presentation Schedule - tentative • Thursday, November 10 (1:30pm-5:30pm) – oral presentation • Friday, November 11 (8:00am-12:00pm) – poster presentation

The Online Abstract Submission Form will be available from September 1 – October 3, 2011. All abstracts must be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. EST on October 3, 2011.


Conference Highlights for Professional Attendees Professional Development Workshops Sponsored by IBM Leading Without Authority (4-hour facilitated course) Leading in an organization comes with many challenges, not the least of which is having no direct authority over the team members. Learn practical tools to help you gain cooperation without formal authority and motivate your colleagues to accomplish important goals. 30 participants only—must be present for the entire training. Certificate of completion will be presented upon successfully completing the course. Presented by the American Chemical Society (Thursday). Professional Development Sessions A selection of the concurrent sessions are specifi cally geared towards the interests of AISES professional members, including educators and college advisors. See pages 8-11 for more information (Saturday).

Professional Members Dinner Networking and other fun activities over dinner for AISES Professional Memberships (Friday evening). Cost per person: $45. Advance registration is preferred, but registration can be done on-site at the AISES membership booth.


Professional Awards Held once again during the Honors/Closing Banquet, The eighth annual AISES Professional Awards Ceremony will recognize outstanding AI/AN professionals in STEM, and assist with the development of role models and future leaders. (Saturday evening) Corporate Advisory Council Meeting Members of AISES’ CAC will convene for their bi-annual meeting. For more information about the Corporate Advisory Council, visit (Thursday morning). Government Relations Council Meeting The biannual meeting of the GRC convenes this group who works to strengthen relationships between AISES and government agencies. For more information about AISES’ GRC, visit (Thursday morning).


Important Dates:

Hotel Information

Hotel reservation cut-off date

All reservations must be made by October 2, 2011 to get this rate! Millennium Hotel Minneapolis 1313 Nicollet Mall 1 block from the MN Convention Center Rate: $129 single/double, $139 triple

Hilton Minneapolis 1001 Marquette Avenue 1 block from the MN Convention Center Rate: $135 single/double, $185 Junior Suite

For reservation blocks of three or more rooms at the Hilton, please contact our group coordinator, Jennifer Podsiadly at 612-397-4941. Mention that you are attending the 2011 AISES National Conference in order to receive your special rate.

For reservation blocks of three or more rooms at the Millennium, please contact our group coordinator, Sarah Hatfield at 612-359-2221. Mention that you are attending the 2011 AISES National Conference in order to receive your special rate.

Be advised: The first night’s deposit (refundable up to one week before the convention date) will be required. Checks and major credit cards are acceptable to establish pre-payment. All credit cards used to prepay will be charged immediately.

Please help AISES utilize its resources to support its members by helping us avoid hotel attrition charges! Any rooms reserved and subsequently released puts us at risk of not reaching our contractual agreement on rooming block—exposing AISES to pay the difference. If you’re holding a block of rooms and your plans change, requiring you to reduce the quantity of rooms needed, make your adjustments before the cut-off date of October 2, 2011, so AISES is not held responsible. Thank you for your attentiveness to this important matter!

October 7, 2011

October 14, 2011

Last day to register as an attendee before price increase Final day to register if you are a college student with NO online resume, or a high school junior or senior

Attendee Registration Information AISES c/o Executive Events, Inc. 4665 Nautilus Court, Suite 502 Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: 877-530-2680 Fax: 866-483-0164

Register online at nationalconference Exhibitor Contact Information EXHIBIT BOOTH SALES Andrea Abeita AISES Events Coordinator PO Box 9828 Albuquerque, NM 87119 Phone: 505-765-1052 X 112 Fax: 505-765-5608

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Sheryl Wilkeson AISES Corporate Relations and Events Officer PO Box 9828 Albuquerque, NM 87119 Phone: 505-765-1052 X 108 Fax: 505-765-5608 EXHIBIT DECORATOR Convention Services of the Southwest 1921 Bellamah NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 Phone: 505-243-9889 Fax: 505-243-8197




Pre-College Campus Tour University of Minnesota Student Rep. Meetings Professional Development “Leading without Authority”(Registration Required) GRAD Lab Government Relations Council (GRC) Meeting Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) Meetings Undergrad and Graduate Research Presentations Professional Chapters Meeting Chapter Advisor Meeting College Career Fair Success Sessions Professional and Educators Sessions Student Orientation Exhibitor Orientation Opening Ceremony & Reception


Continental Breakfast National Student Caucuses & Elections Sequoyah Breakfast (Ticket Required) Concurrent Sessions Food for Thought Plenary NEW Student Awards Ceremony and Luncheon NEW (Ticket Required) Closing Circle Closing Ceremonies: Professional Awards Ceremony & Traditional Banquet Powwow

ABOUT AISES Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields—as students, professionals, mentors, and leaders. AISES gives its members a “full circle of support” model, from pre-college programs, into collegiate life, and then into the professional years of members and on into retirement. The 2011 National Conference takes place November 10–12, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN, a major U.S. industrial and agricultural hub. Fittingly, the 2011 conference theme centers around issues of food, agriculture, plant science, and technology. With STEM as the unifier, the important roles these issues play in American Indian and Alaska Native tradition, health, and the 21st century workforce will be explored. With a 90% approval rating from the most recent attendees, the AISES National Conference is the highlight of the year for many.

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Continental Breakfast Career Fair College and Graduate Research Presentations Educator Developmental Track Pre-College Poster Presentations Pre-College Career Fair Success Sessions Lunch on the Career Fair Floor Regional Student Caucuses General Member’s Meeting Talking Circles Professional Members’ Dinner (Ticket Required) AIGC (American Indian Graduate Center) Reception Gemstone Reception (By Invitation) Social Networking Event

Ongoing Activities and Resources Resume Room E-Lounge Traditional Marketplace Merchandise Booth Membership Booth Winds of Change Magazine booth Student Research Poster Presentations Agenda subject to change


AISES CODE OF CONDUCT: AISES is proud to have a code of conduct prohibiting the use of alcohol and other drugs, and prohibiting any and all forms of harassment and discrimination by attendees and exhibitors during our conference. We ask that you please observe our standard throughout the conference. To read the full Code of Conduct, visit: documents/AISES-CodeOfConduct.pdf

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Gemstone (major) sponsorships as well as additional opportunities remain available for the 2011 National Conference. The following is a sample of the opportunities. For full and updated details, please visit www.


Podcasts Your logo/message will be inserted on the “bumper” for 2011 conference podcasts, which will be podcast in summer, 2012 Student Travel Stipend (per student) Demonstrate your commitment to Native success in STEM by underwriting conference participation for a college student


Volunteer T-Shirts Enjoy high visibility with your logo printed in one-color on the sleeve of all volunteer t-shirts Water Bubbles (8oz plastic cups) green cups Your logo emblazoned on biodegradable cups for use by conference participants throughout event


Keynote Speaker Support Receive acknowledgement at Opening Ceremony signage, and in conference program and press materials

2011 Gemstone Sponsorship Packages Cost Recognition as a major sponsor in all printed materials Corporate logo displayed throughout the conference Career Fair booth(s)

Full Conference registrations

Career Fair booth personnel passes

Reserved interview booth at Career Fair

Reserved table(s) at Honors Banquet with 10 tickets per table Recognition on AISES website with link to organization website Access to AISES Resume Database

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Educators’ Professional Development Workshop Receive acknowledgement for your support of pre-college success in STEM through conference signage and in the conference program

Undergraduate Poster & Oral Presentations Receive acknowledgement for your support of student research through conference signage and in the conference program The following sponsorship opportunities also include a 10x10 career fair booth and 1 conference registration


Career Fair Lunch Conference attendees will see your company’s support with your logo on each career fair lunch box Conference Bag Logo Your logo exclusively on all conference bags

Program Printing Your full-page ad on back cover of conference program

E-lounge Conference attendees will see your company’s support with your signage in the e-lounge, your logo is set as the screen saver, and receive acknowledgement in the conference program


CONFERENCE SESSIONS A Bounty of Knowledge & Caring: Creating a Safe Space in Schools and the Workplace—This workshop describes what “safe spaces” are and why they are needed to protect LGBT people in schools and the workplace.

Achieving Sustainability by Extending the AISES “Family”—This presentation explores the traditional values necessary to help create a world that is sustainable for the next seven generations, and how we can find ways to move beyond the selfcentered values of Western culture.

After Your BS Degree: Grad School or Industry? Choosing and Succeeding—Most students completing their BS struggle with the question of whether to enter graduate school or start a career. We will look at the benefits and downsides of each option, and provides practical guidelines and tools for the decision-making process for both undergraduate students and future/current MS/Ph.D. students.

risks; soil productivity and water availability in the face of climate change; vegetation stress and the proliferation of insect and disease infestations; and biochar’s potential to reduce greenhouse gasses.

Building the Pipeline for STEM: Teach for America’s Commitment to Native Achievement—Teach for America launched the Native Achievement Initiative to address the inequities of poverty and illiteracy in Indian Country. This session discusses the initiative’s commitment to bringing transformational change to both Native American achievement and STEM education.

Career Confidential: Investigate Your Future in Agriculture—Join the USDA for an exploration of ways to translate your passions—be they cooking, hiking, horseback riding, tackling challenging math problems, or working with computers—into a career path. Whether your goal is to obtain a two-year associate de“A Global Force for Good”—This talk will gree or go all the way to a Ph.D., rewarddiscuss some of the U.S. Navy’s current ac- ing ag-related careers await where you tivities and objectives, along with explor- can help ensure safe healthy food, clean ing the skills and traits that are sought for water and a thriving natural environment Naval leadership, today and tomorrow. for us all. Before You Sign on the Dotted Line: Evaluating Job Offers—When faced with multiple job offers, how do you choose the best one for you? Before you begin jobhunting, how do you narrow down your targets? This talk will show what “Total Compensation” means—and why it’s not all about the salary! Biochar: Ancient Indian Technology in Modern Forestry—Used before the arrival of Europeans as a soil amendment, biochar-enriched soils display longevity and efficacy, notably in some of the most chemically weathering environments on the face of the earth. The U.S. Forest Service has started to examine biochar (charcoal) conversion as a multi-purpose remedy to mitigate increased wildfire


Career Fairs 101: You Only Get ONE Chance to Make a First Impression— This interactive session will equip precollege and collegiate students alike with the tools needed to represent yourself appropriately and bring your “A” game throughout the conference, and particularly at the AISES Career Fair. You will have an opportunity to practice “selling yourself” during an interactive portion of this workshop.

Climate Change: Why We Care, How Can We Help—This session will describe some of the challenges we face, as Native People impacted by climate change, and discuss reasons why our voices are particularly important in the ongoing dialogue about problematic issue.

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Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)—This session introduces the new CLEAN Pathway collection (, showcasing scientist- and educator- reviewed climate and energy educational resources for grades 6–16 with professional development activities to facilitate their effective use. Participants will have find tools to address environmental, climate-change, and energy issues that are of concern to them, their students, and their communities. Concentrating Solar Power for a Clean Future—This session seeks to encourage current and future Native engineers/scientists to consider careers in renewable energy. In these fields, AI/AN talent can take part in addressing the challenging and complex energy issues we face today, while also helping the general public understand how solar energy can generate clean electricity.

Ethnomathematics Enhances Relevance of Algebra, Geometry, and Precalculus—We will explore ways to analyze culturally relevant objects and images with basic algebra, pre-calculus and analytical geometry. The session will demonstrate usages of Cartesian coordinate system in concert with familiar Lakota objects, symbols and patterns; show how formal mathematics can display symmetries, areas, equations of curves, circles and ellipses, and make predictions; and apply three-dimensional graphing to solids which have cultural relevance. An Exploration of STEM Careers in Information Science—This session will introduce the vast array of career options available to individuals with a STEM background in the field of library and information science. We will explore career options in academia, business as well as emerging opportunities, and discuss pathways to those careers.

From Student to Professional: Making the Transition—In a panel format, former AISES student representatives will present perspectives on how they’ve transitioned into the work world, or graduate school, sharing stories about taking their first steps professionally, relocating, maintaining a social life and sense of identity, balancing the grad-school load, and considering next steps. Games to Explain Human Factors—In a game-show format, participants can discover Human Factors/Ergonomics, an exciting career involving psychology, engineering, aviation, computers, medicine, and technology. You will think and laugh, practice asking good questions, and improve your leadership skills as you learn about sensation, perception, learning, memory, responding, thinking, interfering, measuring, feedback, reinforcement, assumptions, interpretation, product usability, and medical errors.

Grad School Funding Success—This session will provide an overview of financial aid opportunities to AI/AN students in preparation for higher education. Financial aid, scholarships, and the competitive application process will be discussed, including how to write good essays/ personal statements and choose effective nominators/recommenders. Growing Our Own: Healthcare Professionals in Rural Alaska—Cultivating a healthcare workforce is just as strenuous and intensive a process as harvesting a crop. The Northwest Area Health Education Center (NW AHEC) in Barrow, AK hosted by Ilisagvik College plants seeds of interest, nurtures students through training, prunes providers in continued education and harvests a diverse workforce. We’ll discuss the importance of community partnerships, pipeline programming, and persistence for success in education. Guiding STEM Learning through Hands-on Engineering Service Projects—Purdue University’s EPICS High Program serves as a model for how to guide students in connecting engineer-

ing and technology with service projects for their local communities. We will focus on team management strategies through designing and building hands-on projects, and connecting communities and students around projects that meet real-world needs. How to Create a Successful Renewable Energy Business—This session is presented by two Native entrepreneurs with experience in renewable energy implementation in their respective tribal/indigenous nations. During this session they will address such questions as: How do I turn my technical skills into a successful business? How do I further development my technical skills to be successful in the renewable energy industry? How can I assist my community in capitalizing on our renewable energy opportunities?

be a matter of life and death. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at laparoscopic surgery! Indigenous Star Seeds(ISS) on the Last Space Shuttle STS-135—This session will discuss the first Native experiment in the shuttle program’s history and the possibility of future payloads and opportunities as we consider growing food in space and maintaining the integrity of our food on earth. It will look at the unique relationship of the Three Sisters, tobacco, and the heirloom seeds—our relatives, ancestors, and ambassadors—in space, and provide insights from NASA’s most recent mission specialists. Participants will learn about the correlation of these plants to specific stars and constellations as well.

Interviewing Skills: How to get a STAR—Successful self-presentation beIcing on the Cake—As Native and gins prior to the interview and involves a indigenous people, we’ve adapted and series of strategies and steps. The worksurvived, but we can’t be satisfied eating shop will discuss the basic tools needed crumbs when others are eating at a buffet. for an effective and successful behavioralParticipants will get a good overview of based interview, including presenting a where we’ve been and where we are, but completed “STAR” to the interviewer, and more importantly, where we need to go. It ways to navigate through the differences is time for us to have a full meal deal and that sometimes exist between native put the “Icing on the Cake.” beliefs and practices and the predominant western belief system, particularly during In the Company of Women—This work- an interview process. shop explores meaningful ways to avoid and/or deflect the gossip, sabotage, back- Leadership Competencies to be Sucbiting and other forms of indirect aggres- cessful—This session looks at ways to insion that women sometimes inflict upon corporate interpersonal skills; how to set each other. It will help men and women goals, influence others, manage and hold understand which invisible rules underoneself accountable — all necessary leadmine female success in the workplace ership skills. We’ll discuss competencies and how to counter them with positive, such as the Executive Core Qualifications relationship-affirming behaviors. (ECQ) and tie them to cultural values. Leadership perspectives will be shared by The Intersection of Medicine and Tech- panelists working in a diversity of areas, nology: You Can Do This—While health from a national federal agency (USDA), to disparities disproportionately affect the regional, state, and local level. people of color, few physicians come from minority populations—and fewer still un- Learning from a Natural Disaster: derstand the values and cultures that may The Japanese Nuclear Accident—The be different from their own. This session massive earthquake/tsunami/nuclear acwill demonstrate that the path to becom- cident that hit northeastern coast of Japan ing a physician is accessible to all, while in March tragic loss of human life and discussing some of the “cultural illiteracy the destruction of property, including a disparities” that, in medicine, can truly partial meltdown of three reactors at the


Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station. This session will look how a nuclear power reactor works, and move on to discuss the nuclear accident: what happened, why it happened, and what lessons were learned. STEM students and professionals will gain a renewed appreciation of respecting Mother Nature in scientific and engineering endeavors.

Seven Elements of STEM Learning. Monitoring Rainfall and Severe Weather on Native Lands: Scientific and Social Challenges—This presentation will demonstrate how in-situ and remote sensing technology can address weather and water-related issues as they impact sustainable resource planning for tribal interests. We will look at hazards facing the Chickasaw Nation in south-central Maize Genetic Resources: Heritage, Oklahoma (flash flooding, water resource Improvements through Time and the and quality management, lightning, Future—Because of its unique ability tornadoes, ice storms, etc.), and explore to respond and adapt to very different ways tribal governments and citizens can environmental and biotic challenges, participate with researchers in developmaize’s crop improvement potential has ing feasible strategies for resiliency and seemed limitless. This session looks at resource stewardship in light of tribal contemporary issues surrounding the sovereignty and treaty rights. The sescrop while discussing the evolution of sion emphasizes the importance of AI/ maize from its ancestor, teosinte, the role AN STEM talent in developing innovation of native peoples in domestication and and action within their respective tribal breeding, the importance of conserving all nations and communities as well as on the forms of maize germplasm, and the efforts national level in sustainability planning of modern researchers to apply genomic and programming. and bioinformatic tools to understand the basis of maize genetic diversity. A Mouthful of Thought: Oral Health for Overall Health—Dentists are often Manoomin: Research and Responsithe first to detect diseases that afflict the bility—Although manoomin (wild rice) whole person. This session provides a holds a unique and scared place in the comprehensive look into dentistry as a lives and traditions of the Anishinaabe, career and its important role in the overvirtually all wild rice research emergall health of individuals and communities. ing from the University of Minnesota has Participants will have the opportunity to reflected the goals and desires of nonexperience hands-on activities that simuIndians. This panel will explore Anishilate dentistry procedures. naabe understandings of manoomin and detail the process of bridging different The Native Table: How Science Supcultural worldviews within the context of ports Indigenous Food Security and the University’s recent efforts to build an Health—What foods were people eating informed relationship founded on mutual in 1491? Do you now have access to your respect and reciprocity. tribal foods? Our traditional foods are im portant to our well-being, and the health Manoomin—The food that Grows on of our terrestrial and aquatic species are Water—Though at the center of Chipkey indicators of our environments. This pewa culture and identity, the conditions interactive session will share examples necessary for wild rice’s optimal growth of scientific research and food revitalizaare not well understood. A collaborative tion by tribal peoples. We invite you to be STEM project between Fond du Lac Respart of this discussion of what makes our ervation and the University of Minnesota lands—and ourselves —healthy. seeks to answer these questions through research activities of K-12, undergraduNetworking: The Art of Self-Promoate and FDL Resource Management Team. tion—Learning how to network and Scientists and teachers learn and help share your strengths is a key skill when develop the whole student through the it comes to launching a career in your


industry of choice. In this interactive session, we will discuss why networking can build your support system and provide tips for developing your personal pitch, particularly within academia (internships other professional situations such as the AISES Annual Conference). The session will also discuss business etiquette and self-presentation to recruiters at career fairs or in small business settings, and dining etiquette in banquet or reception settings.

“No Experience”? Not True!—Many students actually have a great deal more than they ever realized – or gave themselves credit for. If you don’t think you have anything to offer, how will a hiring manager be able to make that leap of faith? Come learn the three easy steps to extracting your competencies from the context, translating that into an attention getting resume, and crafting a perfect verbal message to “wow” your interviewer! Personal Branding for High School Students: How to Successfully Prepare Competitive Proposals for Submission to NSF—Part Two of a two-part session (see “NSF Funding Opportunities in the Biological Sciences”), this session will discuss ways to prepare competitive proposals for submission to NSF. We will look at the NSF proposal review process and provide special guidance to increase the chance of funding. Q&A will follow. Research in Indian Country: Reclaiming Identities—The history of research in Indian Country, however, is fraught with exploitation, abuse, manipulation, and outright misrepresentation. A new generation of indigenous researchers is actively finding methods of reclaiming inquiry, effectively ‘decolonizing’ research, and allowing us to engage and empower our own communities with work that is holistic and culturally appropriate. Research in Optical Communication for K-14 Educators and Teachers (ROCKET)—K-14 Teachers sharing their experiences in balancing STEM and indigenous knowledge after participating

in the University of Arizona’s unique program collaboration of Research in Optical Communication for K-14 Educators and Teachers (ROCKET) and in the American Indian Language Development Institute. Panel members will share research and classroom experiences after the implementation. Resume 411: Practical Techniques to Get the Interview—This interactive workshop will show the audience what employers are looking for in a resume, review the proper formats that are recognized by automated resume scanners, give a brief overview of USAJobs, and give a “behind the scenes” perspective on how hiring recruiters & managers look at resumes.

Storytellers and Math Word Problems—Get over the intimidation and learn how to solve some interesting math word problems. This session will provide some tips and tricks, such as “The 10-Step Approach to Solving Math Word Problems” or “Learning Math as a Second Language,” The workshop uses analogy from the Native American tradition of “Storytelling” to solve word problems using word problems in renewable energy as examples. Technology Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation—This session takes a brief look at Intel Corporation, key challenges the company has faced and significant decisions it made in becoming a world leader in computing innovation. Select cases, at critical inflection points in the history of the company and other technology leaders, are examined and discussed among the group to help identify what can be learned and applied by future technology leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. Three Stories from the Pacific Northwest: Analyses of Changing River and Coastal Habitats in Native Communities—Representatives from the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP) and students working with The Columbia River Intertribal

Fish Commission (CRITFC) and the Haida community will discuss research collaborations where science, societal needs and education come together—and how these initiative can work with and within Native communities to foster a better understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes of marine ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Columbia River and its estuary and Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. Transitioning from Technical/Research to Management—In this workshop, the audience will hear from managers on how they transitioned into management from within their own technical organizations. The audience will learn how to become a successful manager and leader by understanding the importance and function of active listening, providing constructive feedback on employees’ performance, and dealing with office conflict/politics. Trees to Energy, Ethanol, and Carbon— Millions of trees are dead or down-killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle. This session explores the viability of burning these trees to carbon and to produce steam for exploding biomass to produce ethanol and electrical power. This combined cycle power plant demo designed for First Nations tribes in Canada features cellulosic ethanol, grid electrical power, and pyrogenic carbon (the main ingredient of Amazon Black Earth and an example of sustainable agriculture). We will see how ethanol production could become a new source of revenue for tribal governments, as a sustainable ag product, to create solid carbon sequestration, or to be traded on the carbon market exchange.

cal applications. The presentation will detail the career opportunities available, with orientation programs aimed at K-12, college- and grad school-levels. Through development of a Generation Three Engineering Research Center (ERC) Program, the presenter seeks to create opportunities in this field for Native American students and researchers.

We Need You: The Path to Medical School and Health Fields—“We need you.” Two American Indian physicians on their path to medical school were told these words by their elders. What does it take to get in to medical school and other allied health fields? AI/AN physicians will share their stories and offer guidance and suggestions for preparing for medical school. They will also discuss valuable opportunities for students to explore and prepare for the health fields through enrichment programs and other resources.

What Generation Gap? Today’s Multigenerational Work Environment—We can see up to four different generations in today’s workplace: Traditionals, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. This session will explore the differences and similarities among these generations, and why understanding them is important in today’s diverse work environment.

Who Stole our Corn? We Want to Know and so Should You! — In this hands-on workshop, participants will handle specimens of the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea) in all its life stages and learn how to conduct research. They will view videos of scientists engaged in research linking corn, bats and moths (a pest which cost farmers $1 billion annually). Participants Untapped Funding from NSF STTR & will also handle various types of corn SBIR sources for STEM professionals (Zea mays) to see how to grow it in the & Ph.D. Candidates—The first part of classroom and how it is linked to ethathe session will discuss a category of NSF nol production. Finally, participants will grants typically approaching $1M over a handle grass flowers to compare them 3-4 year period—a largely untapped yet with corn tassels and silks, learning how significant funding opportunities for small corn has evolved from Indian Corn (Zea Native American-owned STEM businessmays indurata) to Bt Corn. es. The second part will introduce work in nano-technology as applied to biomedical imaging technology and remote medi-


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