WHAT IS AISES?
The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization which nurtures community building by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Through its educational programs, AISES provides opportunities for American Indians and Native Alaskans to pursue studies in science, engineering, business and other academic arenas. The trained professionals then become technologically informed leaders within the Indian community. AISES’ ultimate goal is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society.
The AISES mission is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines.
History and Goals:
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society was created by American Indian scientists, engineers and educators in 1977. In view of the high dropout rates and low college enrollment and graduation rates of American Indians compared with all other ethnic groups in the United States, and the severe under representation of American Indians in the science and engineering fields, Native professionals resolved to create an organization that would identify and remove the barriers to academic success for Native students.
Through a variety of educational programs, AISES offers financial, academic and cultural support to American Indians and Alaska Natives from middle school through graduate school. AISES provides professional development activities to enable teachers to work effectively with Native students. It also develops culturally appropriate curricula and publications. AISES builds partnerships with tribes, schools, other non-profit organizations, corporations, foundations and government agencies to realize its goals.
AISES especially helps American Indian and Native Alaskan students prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering and business. American Indians live on lands with abundant natural resources and potential for development. With proper management of these resources by skilled Indian professionals, tribal nations will be able to take giant steps to diminish the persistent problems of alcoholism, poverty, suicide and despair, and to build strong and sustainable Indian and Alaskan communities characterized by self-determination and self-reliance.
AISES is a large organization that is made up by seven regions. These regions encompass the United States and Canada. AISES is comprised by grade school, college, and professional chapters. The UC Davis chapter is located within Region 2.
How to Contact AISES:
The AISES national headquarters is located in Albuquerque, NM.
AISES is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Sources of Support:
AISES is supported primarily by grants from both public and private funding agencies, membership dues and the marketing of merchandise (books, calendars, cards, etc.).
We also have our own fundraisers, the most successful being frybread sales.