Denetclaw Addresses Science StudentsFeb 15th, 1996 | By tcj | Category: 7-4: Wildlife Management, Tribal College News
Wilfred Denetclaw, PhD., was the keynote speaker for the fifth annual All Indian Science Bowl in Shiprock, N.M., in February. Navajo Community College and the Department of Energy helped sponsor the event, which attracts teams from Indian high schools nationwide. Denetclaw, a Navajo, credited his interest in science to the research program at NCC-Shiprock.
After a bad experience with higher education at a mainstream institution, he attended the tribal college, which provided the “bridge” he needed to continue his studies. Now he is conducting molecular and cellular research at the University of California-San Francisco. Speaking to more than 200 young science students, he said his curiosity led him into studying science. A total of 38 teams traveled to the science bowl, a tournament style competition on academic science. The champion team was Monument Valley High School from Kayenta, Arizona.