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All Invited to USU's Native American STEM Mentorship Poster Session June 6

Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

Shaniah Dickson and David Peak

Undergrad Shaniah Dickson, left, explains her research to USU Physics professor David Peak at the 2016 NASM program poster session. All are invited to the 2017 NASM program poster session Tuesday morning, June 6, in the Engineering Building atrium.

Leander Rockwell and Maura Hagan

Undergrad Leander Rockwell, left, discusses his research with USU Science Dean Maura Hagan at the 2016 NASM program. This year's participants present at a poster session Tuesday morning, June 6, in the Engineering Building atrium. All are welcome.

Utah State University undergraduate researchers involved in studies ranging from electrochemical water splitting to thermochronology of Utah’s Wasatch Fault to exploration of the Earth’s mesosphere with the university’s “Green Beam” lidar will present their research Tuesday, June 6, 2017, from 9-11 a.m. in Engineering Building atrium. All are invited.

The presenters are 28 students from USU Eastern’s Blanding campus and the College of Southern Idaho, who are participants in this summer’s Native American STEM Mentorship Program on USU’s Logan campus.

“We invite everyone to come out and hear about the research these students are conducting,” says Emily Sadler, a program coordinator and doctoral student in USU’s Department of Biology.

In its third year, the NASM program, started with grant funding from the national Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions initiative, encourages participants to explore advanced STEM educational opportunities and careers.

“The program is designed to expose students to the breadth of STEM research and studies at Utah State and instill confidence in these students as they progress in their academic paths on a larger campus,” Sadler says.

This year’s program includes nine students participating in an eight-week program led by David Britt, associate professor and interim head of USU’s Department of Biological Engineering.

The program’s remaining 19 students are participating in a four-week program with faculty research mentors from the College of Science, the Quinney College of Natural Resources, the College of Engineering, the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as USDA labs on the USU campus.

Program participants stay in university housing, enjoy recreational activities around Cache Valley, learn about varied campus organizations and meet with academic advisors.

Graduate student facilitators, in addition to Sadler, who are coordinating the program, include Katie Weglarz, Dave Denlinger, Nadya Keweshan, Beth Ogata, Marley Haupt and Josh Hortin.

Contact: Emily Sadler,
Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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