Native American Science and Engineering Program (NASEP)
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.
NASEP is a year-long program designed to provide Native American high school students with a vision of a career in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field; connects students with academic professionals and industry representatives from STEM-related interests; and catalyze the student's motivation to complete chemistry, physics, and pre-calculus before graduating high school. Through one-on-one college preparation coaching with university affiliates, building a computer from its essential components, interactive workshops, and family events, students learn how to effectively prepare for the college admissions process, receive important information about academic success, and are exposed to different STEM career paths. The introduction to the year-long program begins in the summer, with interactions continuing throughout the year via email, phone call, text messaging, mail, and social media that can be accessed through their awarded technology device. A few of the yearly opportunities outside of the summer experience have included college and scholarship advisement, conference attendance, and networking with STEM professionals.