Office of Naval Research Engages Students at National American Indian Conference

Story Number: NNS111109-13Release Date: 11/9/2011 1:37:00 PM
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By Grace Jean, Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Office of Naval Research (ONR) representatives are heading to Minneapolis to interact with tribal college students and educators at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society's (AISES) national conference Nov. 10-12.

"AISES is one of the few conferences where we can access tribal college faculty and students who are focused exclusively on pursuing science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] disciplines," said Dr. Anthony Junior, who directs the Department of the Navy's (DON) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions program office. "For ONR, it's a very important outreach effort to this community."

More than 17,000 active-duty and Reserve Sailors and Marines and DON civilians identify themselves as American Indian or Alaskan Native, according to the Navy Diversity Directorate. ONR's STEM outreach initiative strives to encourage students to embark on studies and experiences that may lead to future DON careers.

As part of the three-day conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center, ONR is exhibiting information about its educational programs. High school juniors and seniors will learn about summer apprentice opportunities in DON labs while undergraduates and graduate students pursuing degrees in the STEM fields will hear about ONR scholarships, fellowships and research grants.

"It is a way to engage the students to make sure they are knowledgeable about our programs and solicit their participation," Junior said.

For professors and school administration officials, ONR also will present information about summer faculty research programs in DON labs.

ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps' technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.

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