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The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.

Through the quality and reach of its programs and the longevity and devoted commitment of its “family,” AISES is the undisputed leader in STEM opportunity in Indian Country. Members from over 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and AISES enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic, and tribal decision-makers.

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 employs a “full circle of support” model that begins with pre-college programs, progresses into collegiate life, and then into the professional years of members and on into retirement.

The specific need that AISES addresses is to promote, initiate, and provide educational services for American Indian and Alaska Native pre-college, college, and graduate students in STEM. AISES also supports early-, mid-, and executive-level professionals in STEM through professional development, mentoring, networking, community service, and awards programs and initiatives. AISES is the only professional society established by and for American Indian and Alaska Natives that specifically emphasizes lifelong learning and educational achievement by utilizing cultural aspects with STEM.

What began in 1977 now comprises a robust platform serving constituents from childhood through retirement.

Get in contact with the AISES staff to learn more.

Located at over 150 colleges, tribal colleges, and universities throughout North America, AISES College Chapters provide professional and social peer support, and serve as liaison between AISES National Office and our students. Although each College Chapter has unique priorities, goals, and member profiles, there are several common traits and roles: provide peer support, career guidance, and leadership opportunities to fellow students; provide academic, cultural, and social support to members; contribute to local and regional communities; support and contribute towards fulfillment of the AISES mission; and demonstrate upstanding scholastic and character values to other students. Exemplary chapters are recognized during awards ceremonies at the National Conference.

There are two types of AISES membership: General and Associate.
General Members are the voting members of AISES. To qualify as a General Member, an individual must satisfy two of the following requirements: Hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree in a STEM field –or–Hold an associate’s degree in STEM with STEM work experience –or–Hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology with STEM work experience AND Identify as an American Indian or Alaska Native Associate Membership is open to any interested individual who does not qualify for General Membership. Associate Members enjoy all the benefits of membership outside of voting participation. Read member profiles, read more about the membership benefits, or simply become a member by applying here. AISES/SWE joint memberships are also available! The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders.

The AISES Lifetime Membership program was named in memory of Sequoyah, the great Cherokee Indian who perfected the Cherokee alphabet and syllabary in 1821, resulting in the Cherokee Nation becoming literate in less than one year. In this spirit, AISES Sequoyah Fellows are recognized for their commitment to AISES’ mission in STEM and to the American Indian community. They bring honor to AISES by engaging in leadership, mentorship, and other acts of service that support the students and professionals in the AISES family. Read more about the recent Sequoyah Fellows and apply here.

The AISES Internship Program provides students with applied work experience and an opportunity to explore career options. Placing students in 10-week summer positions with partner agencies, the program also promotes advanced study to the graduate level and assists students in developing professional networks. Click here to read about eligibility criteria, provisions and terms, and application procedures.

AISES’ Professional Chapters provide professional members opportunity and support as they rise along their career path. AISES professional members complete the "circle of support" by serving as mentors, advisors, and role models to younger members. In their local communities, AISES professional chapter members provide a variety of activities on a local level that support STEM success for other American Indians and Alaska Natives. In recognition of the significant contributions American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have made to the STEM disciplines, AISES conducts the Professional Awards Program. Now in its eighth year, the awards program recognizes the accomplishments of these individuals as leaders, innovators, and role models.

Winds of Change is a quarterly magazine published by AISES. It is the premier nationally distributed magazine published with a single-minded focus on career and educational advancement for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples with an emphasis on STEM. In addition to the quarterly publication, Winds of Change releases an annual Special Top 200 College Issue that has come to be viewed as a crucial resource for students and college recruiters. Preview the current issue here. For subscription information, please contact: Bethany Fraser at (617) 457-3968. For advertising information, please contact: Candace McDonough, National Sales Director at (617) 969-2137. To submit a story or story idea, please contact our editor Karen English.

The A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship program was established by AISES in 1983 in memory of A.T. Anderson (Mohawk), a chemical engineer and an AISES founder. Annual scholarships are awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) college students pursuing academic degrees in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, and math. This merit-based scholarship program plays an important role in helping remove financial barriers to higher education among Native undergraduates and graduates majoring in the STEM fields. This is a competitive scholarship program with strict eligibility criteria.

AISES members get access to videos in their Video Gallery and podcasts. There are also resources for professionals, pre-college educators, and for college students. Also, check out the calendar of events.

Held annually since 1978, the AISES National Conference is a one-of-a-kind, three-day event convening high school juniors and seniors, college and graduate students, teachers, workforce professionals, corporate partners, and all members of the “AISES family.” AISES National Conference provides a superior opportunity for institutional visibility and engagement. Among the many events and activities at National Conference are more than 50 learning sessions organized into “tracks” targeting the interests of our participants, the largest career fair in Indian Country, and unique sharing of traditional Native culture. Register now as a participant or sign up to volunteer.




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