Heritage University is a private institution situated in the heart of Yakama Nation lands in Toppenish, Washington that emphasizes multi-cultural education and serves to ensure access to quality higher education for those who have traditionally been underrepresented. It prepares STEM students for graduate and doctoral studies through a combination of rigorous academics and specialized research internships at partnering institutions.
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The University of Idaho is the state’s only national research institution and home to 12,000 students from all 50 states, and International students from more than 76 countries. Our five campus centers and extension offices touch every community in Idaho. The University has earned the Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity, attracting nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The university has a commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and community and actively engages in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups.
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Montana State University is Montana’s largest university with more than 15,000 students. Created as a land-grant institution, it is a community of students, faculty and staff distinguished by its commitment to address the world’s greatest challenges. The university is Montana’s largest research enterprise, typically exceeding $100 million per year in research. The university energizes individuals to discover and pursue their aspirations through excellence in education, research, creativity and civic responsibility.
Founded as the Montana School of Mines in 1900, Montana Tech builds on its strong heritage in engineering, science, and technology, blending theory with practice to meet the changing needs of society and support the sustainable use of natural resources. From its location in Butte along the Continental Divide, Tech’s Graduate School offers exemplary master’s programs in several engineering specialties, industrial hygiene, technical communication, and a collaborative Ph.D. in materials science.
Nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, the University of Montana is a place where top-tier students, educators and researchers from across the country and around the globe come and thrive. UM is located in Missoula, Montana’s second-largest city with a population of 80,000 residents. About 15,000 students attend UM and Missoula College, where they receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the trades,liberal arts, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.
NWIC is a tribally controlled college chartered by the Lummi Nation, and serves more than 100 tribes and First Nations. Our work is grounded in place, and supports the wider goals of self-determination for the individuals and communities that we serve. Our college mission is “Through education, Northwest Indian College promotes indigenous self-determination and knowledge.” The main campus is located at Lummi Nation near Bellingham, Washington, with extended campuses located on five reservations in Washington (Swinomish, Muckleshoot, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Nisqually, and Tulalip) and one in Idaho (Nez Perce). NWIC offers four distinct baccalaureate programs, a Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Science, a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Native Studies Leadership, Tribal Governance and Business Management, and Community Advocates for Responsive Education in Human Services.
Salish Kootenai College is a 4-year degree granting tribal college on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, and is the only tribal college to offer bachelor’s degrees in several STEM fields. In its 35 years of existence, the mission of Salish Kootenai College has been to provide quality postsecondary educational opportunities for Native Americans locally and from throughout the United States. The college strives to provide opportunities for individual self-improvement, to promote and help maintain the cultures of the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation.
Washington State University provides world-class education to more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from nearly 100 countries. WSU stands among 96 U.S. public and private universities with very high research activity, according to the classification from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. WSU fosters interaction among scholars of diverse cultures and perspectives and holds a Memorandum of Understand to promote education with ten Native American tribes in the region.
The primary sponsor for PNW-COSMOS is the National Science Foundation (NSF), Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Division of Human Resource Development (HRD). This project is supported by: Collaborative Research: The Pacific Northwest Alliance to develop, implement and study a STEM Graduate Education Model for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This is an AGEP – T: Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate – Transformation under HRD grants # 1432932 (Washington State University), #1432910 (University of Idaho), #1432694 (University of Montana), and #1431773 (Montana State University). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.