NMU Center For Native American Studies Receives $300K NSF Grant

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Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Northern Michigan University has received nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to launch a two-year pilot project designed to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native female college graduates in science,technology, engineering and math.

NMU’s Center for Native American Studies and its Office of Diversity and Inclusion will implement the pilot program called “Indigenous Women Working within the Sciences.”

The program will also address the lack of American Indian teaching methods within science education.

CNAS officials say introducing American Indian methods and materials to STEM educators will get them to teach beyond the conventional academic box to benefit all students by fostering a deeper appreciation for American Indian culture, as well as positively impacting the number of AIAN students enrolling in STEM fields at the post-secondary level.

Increasing diversity in the STEM fields can lead to diversity of thought, skill sets, practices and language.

It can also lead to broader research questions, expansive research practices and wider possibilities for innovative discoveries and inventions.

Thirty-seven projects nationwide received the first awards presented through the program.