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Pacific Northwest Circle of Success: Mentoring Opportunities in STEM (PNW-COSMOS)


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an IBP member program

Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

Description:
The mission of our Scholarship service is to give more American Indians and Alaskan Natives the resources and encouragement they need to learn and succeed. By harnessing the power of knowledge, these future leaders can bring about positive changes in their own lives and in their communities.

A distinctive feature of PNW-COSMOS is the development of a mentoring community composed of faculty, staff, students as well as members of the Native American community. They will provide support for American Indian and Alaska Native students from recruitment through completion of their graduate program. Faculty, students and staff will participate in workshops, on campus events, and other activities designed to enhance cross-cultural awareness. Annual summits will provide opportunities for alliance partners to share best practices and highlight student research.

The AIEF program is one of the United States’ largest grantors of scholarships to Native Americans, providing nearly $450,000 to about 225 students each year. Of these, nearly half are the first in their family to attend college. In addition, we mentor and support scholarship recipients throughout the year, which makes a dramatic difference in their success rates.

Washington State University, the University of Montana, the University of Idaho and Montana State University are included in the Pacific Northwest Alliance: Collaborative Opportunities for Success in Mentoring of Students (PNW-COSMOS).

Visit the PNW-COSMOS website to find many scholarship opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native students!


 • Note: program recently funded through NSF AGEP

Participating Institution(s):
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Washington State University (Lead)
Heritage University
Montana State University
Montana Tech
Salish Kootenai College
University of Idaho
University of Montana

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
STEM Fields

Keywords:
Native Alaskans
Under-Represented Minorities

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)


Page last updated 1/31/2019
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