Educational Initiatives

In 2018, approximately $10 million in active grants funded numerous educational initiatives at the University of Arizona.  Examples include a summer camp for Native American youth held by the College of Optical Sciences, hands-on workshops and education to improve the risk management skills and decisions of Arizona's livestock, dairy, forage, and tree nut producers on Navajo Nation, and a symposium on Indigenous water knowledge and hydrologic science by the College of Agriculture and LIfe Sciences.

Dr. Karletta Chief, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, received a $2.9 million National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program grant. Dr. Chief and her Co-PIs are partnering with Dine’ College and Navajo Technical University to develop a STEM workforce for research in sustainable food, energy, and water systems. Trainees will participate in the design and construction of projects in dispersed water purification and greenhouse system design in underserved areas of the Navajo Nation.

In the College of Optical Sciences, Allison Macpherson received $357,000 from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans." This program will provide a 10-week research experience for 30 Native American undergraduate students to advance the understanding of careers as scientists and engineers.