AIHEC STEM INITIATIVE INTRODUCTION

AIHEC STEM Initiative

The AIHEC STEM Initiative focuses on supporting TCU STEM programs by facilitating partnerships, sharing information about available resources, and when funding allows, providing grant awards in targeted STEM areas.

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AIHEC’s STEM Initiative is currently working in these STEM research, education, and workforce development areas:

  1. Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Team: The AIHEC CI Team advances the STEM and education programs at the nation’s 37 TCUs by implementing a comprehensive CI capacity-building strategy that focuses both on the colleges’ STEM faculty and CI support staff. With support from external partners and regional institutions, this comprehensive CI strategy focuses on CI training, planning, and community-building involving both STEM faculty and TCU IT organizations, providing the resources, technical assistance and national network to advance participating TCUs toward CI-readiness and CI-enabled STEM research and education programs.
  2. STEM Education and Research: AIHEC is committed to supporting STEM education and research at TCUs. All the STEM initiatives listed below are intended to support the ability of TCU faculty and students to engage in research that addresses Tribal and local priorities, pursue a career pathway in a STEM discipline that addresses a local or regional STEM workforce need, and most important, supports and promotes ways in which science, technology and engineering contribute to Tribal Nation-building.
  3. Climate Change Resiliency: AIHEC has committed to partnering with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Climate Resilience Program (TCRP) in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC), to support the science and technical needs of tribes through the establishment of a series of tribal climate science and technical support positions.

The AIHEC STEM Initiative works with a number of Federal agencies and national partners to provide the resources the TCUs needs to continue to develop their STEM programs including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs, Internet2, the Texas Advanced Computing Center, Open Science Grid, North Dakota State University, HT Condor, and others.

Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Team: The AIHEC CI Team advances the STEM and education programs at the nation’s 37 TCUs by implementing a comprehensive CI capacity-building strategy that focuses both on the colleges’ STEM faculty and CI support staff

STEM Education and Research: AIHEC is committed to supporting STEM education and research at TCUs. All the STEM initiatives listed below are intended to support the ability of TCU faculty and students to engage in research that addresses Tribal and local priorities, pursue a career pathway in a STEM discipline that addresses a local or regional STEM workforce need, and most important, supports and promotes ways in which science, technology and engineering contribute to Tribal Nation-building.

Climate Change Resiliency: AIHEC has committed to partnering with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Climate Resilience Program (TCRP) in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC), to support the science and technical needs of tribes through the establishment of a series of tribal climate science and technical support positions.

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