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Building Enduring Pathways in STEM: Incorporating Traditional Ways of Knowing in Materials Research

This unique partnership between Navajo Technical University (NTU) and the Harvard MRSEC builds enduring pathways for undergraduate Native American students into STEM by including traditional Navajo  perspectives and methods of scientific inquiry in materials science research and education. The collaborations between NTU and the MRSEC engages students in materials science research that can be used to address health and environment issues relevant to the Navajo Nation. In 2019-2020, Harvard hosted 7 students in the summer research program, and NTU has brought Harvard postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to the NTU campus for workshops on soft robotics and microfluidics.