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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 10, 2004 - Issue 104


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Opportunities - Page Two


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Here you will find listings of:


  • Positions Available - including Fellowships and Internships;
  • Scholarship, Award and Grant Information; and
  • Event Announcements.

We will update this page if we receive additional opportunities for events, etc. that will occur before our issue publication date.


We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and NativeShare


To view additional listing from previous issues, click here Opportunities Button



Pre-College Opportunity

The Association of American Indian Physician's (AAIP) annual National Native American Youth Initiative will be held in Washington, DC, June 19-27, 2004.

Native American high school students planning to enter the health professions between the ages of 16 through 18 years old are eligible to apply. Students must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (A = 4.0).

One Page Essay expressing plans to enter the health professions (double spaced)
Current Academic Transcript
Letter of Recommendation from school counselor/teacher
Primary Data Sheet

Selected scholars will receive all expenses paid. Each participant will be provided with room, board and travel during the week long program. It will be necessary for individuals to bring extra monies for items (i.e.
souvenirs) they may wish to purchase during their stay. Applications are also available for download on the AAIP web site at Only a limited number of students will be accepted, therefore early application is encouraged.

Deadline is May 14, 2004.

For more information, please e-mail Carla Guy at or call (405)946-7072.

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Scholarship Announcement
Application Deadline: 01/16/04


Washington, DC - The Gates Millennium Scholars program is pleased to announce the launching of its website for the 2004 - 2005 GMS awards. Apply online or download nomination materials from General
information, detailed instructions, and current scholar profiles can also be found on the website. Principals, teachers, guidance counselors, tribal higher education representatives, and other professional educators are
invited to nominate students with outstanding academic records, strong leadership potential, and commitment to community service. Nominators and recommenders must act in their personal capacity. Institutional nominations will not be accepted. All completed nomination materials must be postmarked or submitted online no later than January 16, 2004.

Please visit: for more information on eligibility criteria.

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Scholarship Announcement
Application Deadline: 2/28/04

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship

The IHS has announced the availability of approximately $3,733,332 to fund scholarships for American Indians and Alaska Natives pursuing preparatory, pregraduate, and professional programs. Approximately 200 awards, 100 of which are continuing, are for 10 months duration and the average award to a full-time student is approximately $20,000.

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Scholarship Announcement
Application deadline: 1/30/04

The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program is Now Accepting Applications for the Summer of 2004 nine-week program (June 1 - July 30, 2004),

Program: The Scholars Program brings talented African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, DC, where they work in congressional offices and learn about health policy. The application deadline is January 30,2004.

Eligibility: Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens who are members of a racial/ethnic minority group and will be seniors or recent graduates of an accredited U.S. college or university in the fall of 2004. Candidates are selected based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential and interest in health policy.

Compensation: Scholars receive approximately $5,000 in support, which includes a stipend, daily expense allowance, airfare and lodging.

Additional information: Application forms and additional information about the Program are available online at All application materials are due by January 30, 2004. For further information, contact program manager Jomo Kassaye at 202-865-4827 or

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Graduate Program

The Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City invite Native American and Alaskan Native applicants to apply to the Ph.D. program in the biomedical sciences.

These seven programs specifically are:
Biochemistry & Structural Biology
Cell Biology & Genetics
Molecular Biology
Physiology, Biophysics, and Molecular Medicine

The programs run 5-6 years in length depending on the program and the type of research undertaken. Half of the faculty at the school are shared jointly with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center--recognized as the foremost cancer research and treatment center in the country.

The Program is searching for two categories of students:

(1) Students who have graduated since May 2003 or who will graduate by Summer, 2004 with a B.S. degree principally in physics, chemistry, or biology, who have research experience in a laboratory, and who have taken (or who will take) the GREs (Graduate Record Exam). Ideally, students should have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

(2) Students who are currently sophomores or juniors working towards a degree in physics, chemistry, or biology who are considering a career in the biomedical sciences and would be interested in gaining research skills at a top institution over the course of the Summer 2004.

The name of this program is ACCESS and you can read more about it on our website

For accepted applicants, both programs generously and fully cover the costs of attending, including travel costs and living expenses. For more information, please contact Gligor Tashkovich or at (914) 764-5573

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Summer Program Opportunity
Application Deadline: 3/01/04

AIGC/College Horizons Graduate Program, July 17-20, 2004

This is a four-day "crash course" in preparing for graduate school, at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, co-sponsored by the American Indian Graduate Center. Faculty, admission officers and deans representing
hundreds of graduate disciplines will help students to: select of programs and careers suitable for you, complete winning applications and write a memorable personal statement, learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student, become a test-prep "whiz kid" on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT, find your way through the financial aid/scholarship jungle, explore special issues for Native American students, and learn graduate school survival tips.

Participants are limited to 60 Native American (enrolled members only), Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian college students (freshmen on) or college graduates from throughout the U.S. Students will be selected by
application with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Priority application deadline is February 13, 2004; second round deadline is March 1, 2004. Complete program cost is $100 (includes tuition, room, board and all materials). For more info or to print an application click on "College Horizons Graduate Program" at For application questions contact:

Robin Van Buskirk, Program Assistant, 1834 Kiva Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Phone: (505) 670-3502. E-mail:

For questions about the program, contact the Program Director, Dr. Whitney Laughlin. E-mail:

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Undergraduate Employment Opportunity

IBM Native-American Project View
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort
Albuquerque, NM.
January 12, 2004

Travel meals and lodging expenses for the students are covered by IBM. IBM Hiring managers from a variety of IBM divisions will meet with graduating seniors that are interested in Sales positions within IBM and interview them for openings in their organizations.

If interested in being considered for Sales positions and interested in working for IBM, please contact Jennifer Chance at 800-334-0435 ex 42159 or by email at

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Undergraduate and Graduate Employment Opportunity
HHS Emerging Leaders Program Recruits for Class 2004

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking individuals for the Emerging Leaders Class of 2004. The program was established to attract the best and brightest Bachelor and Masters level graduates to combine scholastics achievement and professional experience at the forefront of our nations health and human services department.

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a two-year challenging, career development program for individuals seeking an opportunity of a lifetime within the Federal Government. The program includes: a structured orientation to the DHHS and its operating divisions; a learning environment that incorporates classroom training, web-based training, on-the job learning activities and an introduction to corporate level competencies; diverse developmental assignments; 3-5 rotational assignments within HHS; assignment of a mentor to assist with career development; and the ability to choose a career in the following career paths: (1) Scientific, (2) Public Health, (3) Social Sciences, (4) Information Technology and (5) Administrative.

For application procedures, join us at one of the many career fairs throughout the country (the ELP recruitment schedule can be found at

Please be advised, to apply to theEmerging Leaders Program, candidates must attend a career fair.

Additional information about the ELP is available by visiting our web site at or email us to

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