STEM Education

Several Federal Department funded AIHEC to provide training and educational opportunities to faculty and students to develop a larger American Indian STEM workforce and create economic and employment opportunities within Native communities.

Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering

The Department of Energy (DoE) funded AIHEC to promote high quality research and education programs at the TCUs that prepare American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students to pursue National Nuclear Security Administration-relevant technical and engineering career goals. Programmatic efforts include the establishment of a career pipeline for AI/AN engineers and technicians capable of realizing the economic and technological opportunities afforded by advanced manufacturing in Indian Country. Through the grant AIHEC continues development and delivery of advanced manufacturing (AM) training and education programs at TCUs, facilitate advanced manufacturing and engineering research, internship, and apprenticeship opportunities for TCU students, support collaborative education and research projects involving TCU faculty and students, and assist TCUs with expanding their pre-engineering programs and the engineering and technical career pathways for their students.

Interests in the DoE AM Program DoE AM Internship Application Past DoE AM Projects and Reports

Department of Defense Faculty Fellowships Research Team

The Department of Defense (DoD) awarded AIHEC the Faculty Fellowship Research Team grant to strengthen and expand the STEM career pathway for students at the TCUs through research and education opportunities involving DoD research scientists, engineers, and facilities. In 2019 and 2020 AIHEC recruited up to 20 TCU faculty and students to participate in the DoD faculty and student research fellowship program for ten weeks each summer. AIHEC established mentoring relationships between DoD research scientists and engineers and TCU students and facilitated research and education collaborations between DoD research scientists and engineers and TCU faculty. Currently, the DoD paused the Faculty Fellowship Research Team program for the summer of 2021 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Interests in the DoD FFRT Program DoD FFRT Application Past DoD FFRT Projects and Reports

Other STEM Student Opportunities

Many Federal Departments and Federal Agencies, such as the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), partner with AIHEC to provide additional STEM training and educational opportunities to students, generally over the summer session.

Interest in Student STEM Internships AIHEC Student Opportunities Webpage

Praxis Tile Collaborative

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