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School of Mines Native Students Take Awards
by Karin Eagle - Native Sun News Staff Writer

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) national conference.

Jacob Phipps
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Tribal Affiliation: Creek
Major: Chemistry
Dream Job: Dentist
Extracurricular Activities: Football
Status: Senior
Leo Chasing In Timber
Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Tribal Affiliation: Rosebud Sioux
Major: Civil Engineering
Dream Job: Pilot
Extracurricular Activities: AISES
Status: Sophomore

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 communities.

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 the conference.

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 retirement.

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 American students.

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 More information on SDSMT can be found at

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American 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 technology disciplines.

South 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.

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