RAPID CITY, SD Two Native American South Dakota Schools
of Mines & Technology (SDSMT) students were standouts at the
recent 2013 American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Tribal Affiliation: Creek
Dream Job: Dentist
Extracurricular Activities: Football
Leo Chasing In Timber
Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Tribal Affiliation: Rosebud Sioux
Major: Civil Engineering
Dream Job: Pilot
Extracurricular Activities: AISES
Out of more than 1,600 attendees, Jacob Phipps, Muscogee, and
a Tiospaye scholar, won a one thousand dollar prize for a poster
presentation titled Forestville Mystery Cave State Park Spring-Inventory/Chemistry&
Flow Systems. Phipps is a senior at SDSMT studying Chemistry.
The purpose of the Tiospaye in Science and Engineering Program
is to increase the number of American Indian students graduating
from South Dakota School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science degree
in engineering, mathematics, and science fields through financial,
academic, professional, cultural, and social support.
Civil engineering major Leo Chasing in Timber, Sicangu, also
a Tiospaye scholar, is a sophomore from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe,
and was awarded the Sequoyah Lifetime AISES Fellow Membership.
The fellowship program derives its name from Sequoyah, the
American Indian who perfected the Cherokee alphabet in 1821, resulting
in total tribal literacy in less than one year. Sequoyah fellows
are recognized for their commitment to leadership, mentorship and
acts of service that support students and professionals in the Native
Domingo Tamayo, a Sicangu Lakota junior and physics major from
the Rosebud Sioux Tribe; Kimberlynn Cameron, a geological engineering
senior and Tiospaye scholar of the Standing Rock Lakota Tribe; and
Grace Sumption, a senior geology major, former Tiospaye scholar
and member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Tribe, also presented at
A premier event for American Indian professionals, the AISES
National Conference convenes graduate, undergraduate and high school
students, educators, workforce professionals and corporate and government
partners in science, technology, engineering and math fields nationwide.
The mission of AISES is to substantially increase the representation
of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science,
and other related technology disciplines.
Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American
Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) fields as students, professionals,
mentors, and leaders. AISES employs a "full circle of support"
model that begins with pre-college programs, progresses into collegiate
life, and then into the professional years of members and on into
There are currently 177 Chartered College and University chapters
throughout the United States and Canada with 13 Professional Chapters
and 160 Affiliated Schools that enroll more than 55,000 K-12 Native
With nearly 3,000 current members and more than a thousand
Sequoyah Fellows, who are all lifetime members, AISES has a wide
reaching impact in Indian Country. Scholarship programs through
AISES have cumulatively awarded over $8.7 million to 4,924 students,
providing educational opportunities for Native students beyond the
basic financial aid options.
For more information on the AISES program visit the website
www.aises.org. More information
on SDSMT can be found at www.sdsmt.edu.
Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
(AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American
Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related
Dakota School of Mines & Technology
From geology and mining engineering to particle physics and atmospheric
science, our graduates are in high demand. They have a sound foundation
in their profession and most have real world experience to make
them highly competitive for the best paying jobs in America.