American Indian Science and Engineering Society at UCLA
MISSION: To substantially increase the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.
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Entering its sixteenth year on campus, AISES strives to encourage American Indians to pursue careers as scientists and engineers while preserving their cultural heritage. The goal of AISES is to promote unity and cooperation, provide a basis for the advancement of American Indians all while providing financial assistance and educational opportunities. AISES devotes most of its energy to its outreach program where members conduct monthly science academies with elementary and pre-college students from Indian Reservations. Serving as mentors and role models for younger students enables AISES at UCLA students to further develop professionalism and responsibility while maintaining a high level of academic and increasing cultural awareness.
Technical Project: Project Impulse
Project Impulse aims to help students at Lawndale High School develop interests in becoming future scientists and engineers
AISES members give a panel about their experience in university education, their motivations, and their future career interests
Students are inspired to begin thinking about science and engineering related fields by engaging in hands-on cooperative technical projects like using Arduino and building mechanical robots and cars
Outreach: Youth Motivation Day (YMD)
Youth Motivation Day (YMD) is AISES at UCLA’s largest and most successful outreach event
Many local middle schools are invited to UCLA to engage students in STEM activities from learning about aerodynamics and robot cars to non-Newtonian fluids
These students spend most of the day working together to build projects, including the bionic arm, and being inspired to join the new generation of scientists and engineers
Professional Development: Research and Networking
AISES at UCLA fosters many connections between undergraduate students, research opportunities, and leaders of industry
Professional development initiatives range from introducing interesting research conducted at UCLA, to organizing tours at Boeing to develop a better network between developing and established engineers