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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 will build enduring pathways for undergraduate Native American students into STEM by including traditional tribal perspectives and methods of scientific inquiry in materials science research and education. This new Seed PREM award enables collaborations between NTU and the MRSEC in microfluidics and low-cost sensing to engage students in materials science research that can be used to address health and environment issues relevant to the Navajo Nation. NTU is rapidly growing its STEM undergraduate programs, and the partnership will support research exchanges, internships, and development of classroom and K12 outreach activities that incorporate Navajo traditional ways of knowing.