Reimagine STEM

Four high school students and one college student watches as students do testing of their blood in the NMU Clinical Sciences Lab. Part of the CNAS College Prep Medicine Wheel Academy.
Students in the NMU Clinical Sciences Lab

Boozhoo! Welcome to the Reimagine STEM information page! Reimagine STEM is dedicated to the activities and events tied to the Indigenous Women Working within the Sciences pilot project.  

The Indigenous Women Working within the Sciences (IWWS) is a two-year pilot project funded by a National Science Foundation Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discovered in Engineering and Sciences (NSF INCLUDES) grantThe IWWS Project has IRB Approval: HS17-862.

The NMU Center for Native American Studies and the NMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion along with multiple partners are recipients of this first-ever co-hort of NSF INCLUDES pilot projects.

The IWWS team will address two key challenges1) the lack of inclusivity of American Indian teaching methods within sciences education curricula, and 2) the low numbers of American Indian/Alaskan Native female students graduating from four-year universities, specifically within the STEM fields. The IWWS Project evaluation will be led by Dr. Nicky Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting.

The importance of the IWWS project lies largely in the empowerment that American Indian methods and materials will foster in educators, inviting them to teach outside the conventional academic box. Benefits of the IWWS project include increasing educators’ application of American Indian materials and methods in their teaching to all students as well as positively impacting the number of American Indian/Alaskan Native female students enrolling in STEM fields at the post-secondary level.

Two activities happening in the summer of 2017 are the Reimagine STEM Summer Youth Academy and the Reimagine STEM Educators Institute. Click on links to those pages above to learn more.

Questions regarding the IWWS project or the Reimagine STEM activities contact April Lindala at 906-227-1397 or by email.

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