Abstract Detail

Education and Outreach

Nepal, Madhav [1], Bott-Knutson, Rebecca  [2], Mathew, Febina [3], Janaswamy, Srinivas [4], White, Troy [5].

Enhancing College Experience of Native American  Students  through FAST-REEU  Program.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded FAST REEU Fellowship program provides both Native American and economically challenged students with research and educational experiences for two consecutive summers. During the first summer, students receive hands-on research experiences and develop essential skills (strengths-based leadership, conflict resolution, communicating science to the public, project management, etc.) at South Dakota State University to develop their competitiveness for graduate school or careers in FANH industries or teaching agriculture or science in K-12 classrooms. Over the subsequent summer, they participate in a career-oriented internship at a place of their choosing. We have successfully completed the first two years of the FAST-REEU program mentoring 12 scholars. Our scholar demographics are eight female and six Native Americans. Three of the six Native American students completed their 4-year college degree last May, two have joined PhD programs at South Dakota State University and the third is gainfully employed on her reservation. The remaining scholars are expected to graduate in May 2021. In our presentation, we will share our mentoring strategies to accomplish the academic dreams of Native American and economically challenged students as well as discuss the major outcomes and impacts of the FAST REEU program at SDSU.

1 - South Dakota State University, Biology And Microbiology, McFadden Biostress Laboratory, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, 57007, United States
2 - South Dakota State University , Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College
3 - South Dakota State University , Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science
4 - South Dakota State University , Dairy and Food Sciences
5 - South Dakota State University , Teaching Learning and Leadership

Native American Students 
American Indian STEM education
Undergraduate Reserach Experience 
Lakota in Higher Education
Graduate School
Enriching Undergradaute Education
South Dakota State University
South Dakota Tribes
21st Century Skills.

Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Education and Outreach Posters
Location: Virtual/Virtual
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
Time: 5:00 PM Time and date to be determined
Number: PEO002
Abstract ID:608
Candidate for Awards:None

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