UA Outreach Program Involves High School Students in Science

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Since becoming involved in a geosciences research project run out of the Native American Science and Engineering Program, Devon Baldwin said he is more informed about how to conduct research and has begun to apply his investigations to his day-to-day life.

Baldwin also said his involvement in the University of Arizona program, known as NASEP, has further motivated him to eventually pursue medical school.

"It's a very rigorous process. I am finding out more about things than I would have, and learning more about my own culture," said Baldwin, 16, a member of the Navajo Nation, adding that water is "very precious to Navajo people."

As part of the UA program, and in conjunction with the University's student chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, or AISES, Baldwin and other high school students have been involved in a field study of water quality issues in communities across Arizona.

NASEP students will present their work during an Oct. 27 poster presentation from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Gould-Simpson Building, 1040 E. Fourth St. The students' presentation will be one part of a day-long research colloquium for students and their families.

"The Geosciences Outreach Day is a great opportunity for Native American High School students to be exposed to three major aspects of university, research, teaching and outreach," said Karletta Chief, the AISES adviser and assistant professor of soil, water and environmental sciences.

"They will be active participants in each area and not only learn a tremendous amount but also translate it to their peers," Chief also said.

The UA's ASIES chapter is leading the project, having earned a $7,000 grant in June from its national organization to fund the initiative. The ASIES grant, "Mother Earth and her Ecosystems: Research, Education and Outreach Opportunities for Native High School Students," supports exposing high school students and their communities to the field of geosciences.

Read more from this October 25 UANews story at the link below.

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