Frequently Asked Questions

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Summer Youth Academy - DATES: June 18-30.

1.           Who can write a letter of recommendation?

The REQUIRED letter of recommendation for each applicant must come from a school official (e.g. teacher, Title 6 coordinator, principal) or a Tribal Education Department director. The person should be a non-relative and be able to speak on behalf of the students's academic abilities and interests.

2.           Can a community member write a letter?


3.           Do we need a letter from our tribe to the school?

Should the applicant be an enrolled tribal citizen, their Tribal Education Department director can compose a letter of recommendation to NMU provided they can speak directly to the applicant's academic ability and interests.

4.           Does the letter need to be in the office by May 15th or does it need to be postmarked by May 15th?

All application materials must be postmarked no later than Monday, May 15. All application materials must be sent to the NMU Admissions Office directly.

5.           What if an applicant cannot afford the $35 application fee?

Applicants are invited to submit the NMU Application Fee Waiver form along with their Admissions packet. See link here.

6.           How does an applicant send their transcripts?

NMU Admissions cannot accept emailed transcripts as official transcript documents. To be considered official they must come through a secure-server provider like Parchment or Escrip-Safe or must be mailed directly from the school in a sealed and stamped envelope.  Contact the applicant's high school guidance office for assistance with submission of transcripts. Contact the NMU Admissions Office directly if you have further questions.

7.           Can 9th graders apply.

Only current 10, 11 and 12th graders can apply. Please keep in mind we will host a second Summer Youth Academy next summer.

8.           Costs?

Transportation to and from the Reimagine STEM Summer Academy is the responsibility of the applicant's parent(s)/guardian(s). Tuition for the four undergraduate credits, materials, lodging will be in the NMU residence halls during week 1 and Camp Nesbit during week 2. All meals will be covered by the program.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Educators' Institute - DATES: July 17-21

1.           What is the criteria for choosing educators?

NMU alumni who are teaching in a K-20 classroom and teachers from NMU's affiliated Charter Schools who are teaching STEM subjects will have priority. However, we encourage anyone interested in the Institute to apply. This means from anywhere in the United States.

2.           What are the accommodations like?

Applicants will be staying in the NMU Residence Halls. Many of the meals will be from our on-campus dining. We have not yet been assigned a specific residence hall.

3.           Costs?

Transportation to and from the Reimagine STEM Educators Institute is the responsibility of the applicant as well as the cost of some meals. Tuition for the two  graduate credits, materials, lodging in the residence halls, and some meals will be covered by the program. NMU School of Education alumni are especially encouraged to apply.



1.           How can I be involved? Can I volunteer?

The Reimagine STEM Program team is always looking for partners! We would love to hear from you about possible partnership or volunteering.

2.           I know a community college student who would benefit from the summer academy or educators institute -- can they attend?

The Reimagine STEM program team encourages current community college or university students to apply for a mentorship with the Reimagine STEM Summer Youth Academy. Unfortunately, college credit and transportation to and from the program would not be covered in this case. However, there is a stipend and mentors will take part in all aspects of the summer youth academy. For more information see below.

The Reimagine STEM Summer Academy is seeking dynamic team members to serve as mentors during the two-week residential program!

Click on this link for qualifications and guidelines to submit an application packet. Complete application packets are due by Monday, May 15. Do not email or fax your application. Applicants are encouraged to drop off packets to 112 Whitman Hall or mail packets to NMU Center for Native American Studies, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, Michigan 49855. 

3.           Will the credits transfer to another college?

Each university and/or college will need to make that decision about whether or not these undergraduate credits for the Summer Academy or the graduate credits for the Educators Institute will transfer. Please let us know the institution and share with us the contact information. We will be happy to share the syllabus with the institution but please keep in mind each institution will determine whether or not they will accept the course. 

4.           How can the undergraduate credits be used at NMU?

The four-credit undergraduate credits can be used towards the Native American Studies major or minor at NMU. However, if you are attending NMU for another academic program (e.g. Art and Design to Nursing to Math), you can still use these four credits as elective credit towards your credits earned.




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