Native American Students Pursue Research

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The NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG), headquartered at Arizona State University,recruited two Native American students to participate in a nine-week-long summer research experience for undergraduates (REU). The students were assigned a research advisor as well as graduate student mentors and participated alongside other peers.


Theprogram helped the ERC contribute to the NSF’s goal of engaging more Native Americans in REUs and more generally, to help both inspire and train future STEM professionals from underrepresented communities. Another important purpose is to establish relationships with institutions with high Native American populations.


The students were attending San Juan College, a 2-year institution in Farmington, New Mexico, and participated in the REU at New Mexico State University (NMSU), a CBBG member institution. The ERC plans to grow the program and draw more participation by Native Americans by partnering with the NIH-funded NMSU Bridges program.

One of the students presented the results of her research project “Effect of Specimen Preparation Method on Cementation of Two Poorly Graded Sands using Enzyme Induced Carbonate Precipitation (EICP) Treatment” at national conferences of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society in fall 2018.