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Introduction:

The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization which nurtures building of community 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. 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. 


History:

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society chapter at the University of Iowa was established in the fall semester of 1993 and chartered in the spring semester of 1994.  The Chapter was initiated by former students of the 1990 AISES Summer College Enrichment Program who returned to the University of Iowa to continue their education. The Chapter was established as part of a network organization that would provide academic and cultural support for native students pursuing their undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of general sciences, engineering, and related fields. In 1993, AISES IOWA began with four members and throughout these last few years membership has grown considerably.  AISES IOWA has had as many as fifteen to twenty members graduate from the University of Iowa since the Chapter's establishment.  The founding student members were Tracy R. Peterson, Gilbert R. Falcon, Maria Dybdhal, and Paul Behrends.


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