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Accepting the AISES Challenge

October 11, 2010

UMD student elected to leadership of the National American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Steven Just, UMD American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) chapter president was elected by his peers as the AISES Junior National Student Representative at the AISES National Conference in Denver, Colo. on September 23, 2017.  Steven, a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, is currently studying pharmacy in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth. He has been an active AISES member for seven years.  Following his year as Junior Representative, Steven will continue on as the Senior Student Representative.

"I'm honored to be elected to the leadership of the AISES national organization," says Steven."The organization gives us a purpose and framework for our studies. It supports us as we go through our colleges and universities gaining contemporary knowledge. It also helps us remember the lessons of our ancestors about the earth's delicate ecological system, where everyone and everything is connected and interdependent.

Students in the UMD AISES chapter come from a wide variety of majors and programs. They are undergraduate and graduate students in dozens of engineering and science fields, including students who are studying medicine and pharmacy. UMD faculty Rachel Breckenridge and Jim Rock are faculty co-advisors of the chapter/group.  "We welcome Native American students with an interest in STEM and their allies to the UMD AISES group," Rachael says. 

Photo: (l-r) Hannah Balderas, University of North Dakota, incoming Senior AISES National Student Representative; Steven Just, University of Minnesota Duluth, incoming Junior AISES National Student Representative; and Kory Joe, Northern Arizonal University, outgoing Senior AISES National Student Representative.
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