The University of Minnesota, Morris American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Chapter received the Outstanding Community Service Award at the 2014 AISES National Conference, held November 13–15 in Orlando, Florida. UMM AISES advisor Joe Alia, associate professor of chemistry, was named Advisor of the Year.
Eighteen Morris students attended the conference. Seven presented their research, and two earned Certificate of Achievement awards: Sayge Wooldridge ’16, Hill City, South Dakota, (fifth place in oral presentations) and Dalia Whiting ’16, White River, South Dakota, (first place in poster presentations ).
“Our AISES chapter has grown in strength over the last nine years, and these awards are a symbol of its success within the national AISES community,” said Sandra Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs. “We are very proud of our talented students and their dedicated faculty and staff mentors in the sciences and across the campus.”
UMM AISES aims to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines. The chapter is comprised of 20 students representing nine American Indian tribes/Alaska Native villages and Canadian First Nations. Student officers include co-chairs Wooldridge and Ernest Lafferty ’16, Eagle Butte, South Dakota; secretary Natasha Myhal ’15, Parma Heights, Ohio; treasurer Alle Bowman ’15, Bemidji; travel liaison Chelsea Tarbell ’15, Greentown, Pennsylvania; outreach liaison Mike Davis ’16, Minneapolis; Morris Campus Student Association representative Francis Reed ’16, Shoreview; and public representative Whiting. Staff support has been provided by Tracy Peterson, former associate director, Multi-Ethnic Student Program; Hilda Ladner, assistant to the chancellor for equity and diversity; director of equity, diversity and intercultural programs; and Dave Israels-Swenson, director of student activities.