What is NASEP?
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.
More than Just a Summer Program
As stated above, NASEP is a year-long program that offers engagement throughout the academic year. Each group is seen as a cohort and will receive support from NASEP staff as they prepare to apply to college. In the fall semester, students work on the Geoscience research project where they gain exposure to the scientific method and creating and presenting collegiate level research posters. Additionally, there are other events offered throughout the year. Some of the events that our cohort has been involved with in the past have included:
- American Indian Education Association’s Protecting Our Land Camp: July in Mingus Valley, AZ
- Fall Assembly at the Navajo Nation Fair & Parade: September in Window Rock, AZ
- Tribal Environmental Health Forum: October in Chandler, AZ
- Native American College Day at the University of Arizona: November in Tucson, AZ
- Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) Fair: March in Tucson, AZ
- American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) Regional Conference: March 2019 in Socorro, NM
- NASEP Closing Banquet: May 4th in Tucson, AZ
Each of these experiences is aimed at developing the students' understanding of STEM opportunities.