An initiative of the Office of Early Academic Outreach at The University of Arizona, the Native American Science & Engineering Program is a FREE year-long program designed to provide Native American high school students with the necessary resources to enroll in college and pursue a career in a Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) field. NASEP participants will gain a wide exposure to these fields through interactions with university experts on many subjects including environmental sustainability. The intention of this program is to expose students to a wide variety of STEM pathways so as to better inform their college pathways in the context of the Native American experience.
Origins of NASEP
The Indigenous Alliance served as a starting point for NASEP as an association of U.S. universities and colleges that are committed to providing college access to Native American/Alaskan Native students who are pursuing a post-secondary degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). The Office of Early Academic Outreach has partnered with The University of Alaska-Anchorage in a National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation Proposal titled Indigenous Alliance: Pre-College Component Expanding on Success. By participating in the Indigenous Alliance, Arizona joined nine other universities in an attempt to effect a systematic change in the hiring patterns on Indigenous Americans in STEM fields by increasing the number of individuals on the path to leadership in those areas.
The grant secured two years of NSF funding at $30,000 per year for The University of Arizona to operate NASEP. A grant from the Ak-Chin Casino secured by Karen Francis-Begay and the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) house out of the College Of Optical Sciences provides matching funds to support the local program. The NASEP project team has included representatives from the Office of Early Academic Outreach, the UA's President's Office, The College of Optical Sciences, Native American Student Affairs, Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson Unified School District, other school Arizona districts, and current UA students.
The University of Alaska's Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) led by Dr. Herb Schroeder builds on the Pre-College experience with additional components that guide indigenous students all the way through the educational pipeline to advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields. The momentum of that project has led to millions of dollars in federal funding for universities in Alaska and Hawaii to provide these services. By participating in Dr. Schroeder's Indigenous Alliance, The University of Arizona positions itself for additional federal funding opportunities that, with the support of Colleges on the UA campus, could lead to the development of a similarly effective pipeline program in the state of Arizona.
Partnership opportunities with other organizations within the UA and Tucson community have provided NASEP unique opportunities for program enrichment and depth of experience for its many participants.
- UA Green Fund
- AISES UA Chapter
- AISES Professional Chapter
- IBM Native Network
- Department of Hydrology
- Biosphere 2
- UA Alumni Association
- Dr. Marti Lindsey's office/dept.