(STILLWATER, Okla, March 11, 2024) — The Oklahoma State University-Stillwater campus invites Native American students, educators and families participating in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education to several events in April. 

The American Indian in Science and Engineering Society Region 4 Conference will be on April 5-6; the National American Indian Science and Engineering Fair on April 6; and First Nations Day on April 4.  

AISES is a national organization for native representation in STEM with members from pre-college, college and professional STEM fields. Its vision is for "the next seven generations of Native people to be successful, respected, influential, and contributing members of our vast and ever-changing global community." The AISES Region 4 conference is hosted by the OSU-AISES college chapter. Pre-college students and families are encouraged to register for free by April 4. See the full schedule with times for meals and keynote speakers.    

NAISEF is a competitive science and engineering fair for indigenous youth (middle school and high school students) from across the nation hosted by AISES, the Oklahoma Water Resources Center, and College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology K-12 programs.  The event is at the ENDEAVOR Lab and parking is free and open to the public in lots 10 and 6 on Saturday. Educators interested in judging/volunteering or attending the educator lounge and awards dinner should register for free by March 18 through Zfairs or contact Chloe Smith, NAISEF director (naisef@aises.org).     

American Indian Awareness Week is hosted by the Center for Sovereign Nations. There are many events beginning March 31 and culminating on April 6 with the Mr. And Miss. American Indian OSU Pageant and Graduation Honoring Ceremony.  On April 4 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., high school students can register to experience First Nations Day by connecting with OSU students, visiting the Center for Sovereign Nations, touring campus, and learning more about admission and scholarship opportunities unique to them. 

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Nicole Colston | STEM Education Specialist 
Oklahoma Water Resources Center | 828-773-7662 | nicole.colston@okstate.edu  

Jovette Dew | Director, CEAT K-12 STEM Programs | 405-385-4769 | jovette.dew@okstate.edu  

Oklahoma State University is a premier land-grant university that prepares students for success. Through teaching, research and Extension, OSU engages communities and empowers servant-leaders to meet society’s most pressing challenges. OSU is the largest university system in Oklahoma and has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and more than 125 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 280,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.