SBC, Haskell Science Students Win at AISES

Feb 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Tribal College News

Students from both Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND) and Haskell Indian Nations University (Lawrence, KS) won awards at the Undergraduate Research Poster and Oral Competition at the annual national American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference in Phoenix, AZ, on Nov. 2, 2007.

In the poster competition Michael Daugomah from Haskell captured second place with his presentation entitled “Ultra Fast Laser Micro-machined 3161L Stainless Steel FOIL Surface Roughness Characterization and Enhancement.”

Tatum Davis also from Haskell placed third with her presentation, “Genetic Consequences of Artificial Selection on Amino Acid Synthesis Genes:  Cysteine Synthase and Chorismate Mutase.”

Charlene Carr from New Mexico State University took first place with her presentation entitled “Chili (Capsicum annuum) Studies on Transformation and Regeneration.”

In the oral competition, Dereck Stonefish from Sitting Bull College took first place with his presentation, “Optimal Foraging Theory in Froelich Dam.”

Second place in oral went to Allyson Two Bears, also from Sitting Bull College, with her presentation, “Morphological Characteristics of Western Painted Turtles on Standing Rock Reservation.”

Tala Smith from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke placed third with her presentation entitled “The Effects of Varying Gravitational Fields on Immune Complex Formation.”

The All Nations Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ANLSAMP) sponsors the Science Poster and Oral Research Competition and other such competitions so tribal college students can showcase their research and knowledge. ANLSAMP is located at Salish Kootenai College (Pablo, MT) and funded by the National Science Foundation.

The goal of ANLSAMP is to increase the number of Native American students successfully completing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The goal is accomplished through direct participant support and collaborations with partner institutions.  ANLSAMP serves state and private institutions as well as 25 tribal colleges and universities.

For more information about the AISES Conference and ANLSAMP, contact Steve Dupuis, IMSI-ANLSAMP director at Salish Kootenai College, by phone at(406) 275-4996 or by email

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