发布日期,周一,6月21日,2021年

南达科塔矿业庆祝Tiospaye学者项目10周年

南达科他州矿山的Tepee装饰着所有Tiospaye毕业生的手印。

在拉科塔语中,Tiospaye这个词的意思是“大家庭”。这正是南达科塔矿业大学的Tiospaye项目对许多美国原住民学生的影响。

2010年推出的Tiospaye计划由国家科学基金会的10年资助。该计划由MINES教授Carter Kerk博士,旨在帮助增加美国科学,技术,工程和数学的美国原住民的人数。它已经做到了。2020年12月,该计划毕业了50名学生。现在在10年的拨款结束时,Kerk正在努力保护私人资金,以便继续采取课程,因为他认为在校园内的美国本土学生有支持成功。有关更多信息,请联系Carter.Kerk@sdsmt.edu的Kerk。

Tiospaye学者

Heather Rogers EE 18助理电气工程师伯爵和麦克唐纳,亚利桑那州

希瑟罗杰斯在她的家庭在纳瓦霍国家的家中运行水和电力之前12岁。在成长,她目睹了家庭成员和同龄人与酗酒和吸毒成瘾斗争。但是她在她的角落里有一件事是一个驱动器,在她的社区中更好地让她的家庭更好的事情,以及她会接受教育并成功的期望。Rogers是Navajo国家部落的注册成员,在高中开发了对茎的兴趣。“我知道我喜欢这个词干,他们很有希望的职业生涯,”她说。“加上,我真的想做有意义的工作,这就是我的方式。”在高中毕业后,她降落了在斯科茨代尔社区学院打篮球的奖学金,在那里她赢得了副学士学位。从那里她搬到另一所少大学,在那里她继续打篮球,但她想要更多的学术。她了解了南达科他州地雷,最终获得了硬载物篮球奖学金。到2015年,她在校园里,但过渡是困难的。罗杰斯没有与她觉得的同伴与她的成长有关。她远离家乡,面对严谨的学者,孤独的感觉。爱游戏ayx软件 “I felt different. I felt out of place,” she says. “It was rough. After my first semester I was ready to throw in the towel.” Tiospaye made the difference. “I got really involved in Tiospaye at the end of my first semester, and that saved me,” she says. “The other students in Tiospaye came from the same places I came from. They understood the struggle of having so many people depending on you.”Tiospaye created a supportive community of students who work together to succeed. “My second and third year I made some of my best friends there on the basketball team and in the Tiospaye Program.”Now working at Burns & McDonnell, Rogers is back in Arizona and focused on growing as an engineer. “My 10-year-goal is to learn all I can and then hopefully transition some of that back to my home community,” she says. “I want to see my work have a positive impact on people ... to make an impact on where I come from and the people who I belong to.

Jacob Phipps CHEM 14项目经理,美国环境保护署,加州9区

没有Tiospaye计划,Jacob Phipps不会毕业于南达科他矿。但是,他已经做了,今天是Muscogee Creek Nation部落的读书成员29岁的校友,是加利福尼亚州旧金山的美国环境保护局的补救项目经理。,监督废弃铀矿的清理西南,特别是纳瓦霍国家。雅各在凤凰城长大,当时他进入亚利桑那州北部大学时是一首第一代大学生,拥有全面的奖学金来踢足球和学习化学。两年后,化学和迪足球的负荷造成了损失。他去寻找改变,最终与南达科他州矿山的田径相连。爱游戏ayxKENO快乐彩他于2012年抵达校园,从开始面临挑战。“我从来没有远离家乡,”他说。“当我搬到南达科他州时,我陷入了一个黑暗的地方。我不开心。“ Fortunately, he eventually connected with Tiospaye mentor Dee LeBeau. Suddenly, he felt more grounded and comfortable. “She was a really big part of my life when I was at South Dakota Mines,” he says. He became more deeply involved in the Tiospaye Program, joined the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and developed friendships with other Native American students. The experience brought him closer to his Native American culture, which prompted him after graduation to work in positions that help Native American populations: Indian Health Service, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. After graduating from Mines in 2014, Jacob went on to earn a master’s degree in environmental science and engineering from Oregon Health and Science University. It’s a program he was unaware he even had an interest in until Kerk recommended he consider an environmental internship. That newly found interest led to Oregon and eventually the EPA. “It’s the folks you meet along the way ... they led me to where I am today,” he says.

Jessica Muxen IEEM 10 / MS IEEM 13高级助理工业工程师,柯林斯航空航天,爱荷华州

杰西卡•穆克森(Jessica Muxen) 2005年第一次来到南达科他州矿业公司(South Dakota Mines)时,她还是一个单身母亲,有一个儿子,没有多少钱,也没有什么前途。如今,穆森是柯林斯航空航天公司的高级助理工业工程师。她认为Tiospaye项目帮助她实现了这一目标。她说:“正是像Tiospaye这样的项目和Kerk博士这样的人帮助我成为了一名工程师,当时我从来没有想过我能做什么。”穆森的父母是在美国军队认识的。她的母亲是印第安人,在松树岭保留地长大;她的父亲是克里奥尔人,在路易斯安那长大。当她的父母离开军队后离婚,穆森和她的祖母住在松树岭,而她的母亲在拉皮德市工作。由于她在高中的好成绩,她获得了威斯康辛州迦太基学院的奖学金。她形容当时的自己是“漫无目的的”。 She dropped out after freshman year and returned to Rapid City, where she worked at Walmart and reconnected with a high school boyfriend. They married and “the veil came off,” she says of her ex-husband’s abusive nature. She tolerated the abuse until the day she witnessed her husband screaming at her two-week old son, LeRoy. Muxen says she packed her bags and left the next morning. Working minimum wage jobs in Rapid City, she was “just barely getting by” when she enrolled at Oglala Lakota College for accounting. That led to a meeting with a fellow student who also attended Mines and encouraged her to apply. “I took my first class at Mines, Algebra II, and I loved it. I loved the campus, I loved the challenge. Maybe I was finally ready. I had a goal in mind.”Muxen went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mines, all while raising her son. She leaned on the Tiospaye Program and her fellow Native American students for support and encouragement. Tiospaye provided scholarship support as well as a place where she felt at home. “I think having the opportunity to be with a community that will support you when you’re new at it ... it’s a huge help,” she says of Tiospaye. “The only way I was able to get through Mines was the support."

洛根盖顿CEE 17 / MS CEE 19 FMG工程,急流城

当洛根盖顿于2012年达到南达科他州地雷时,他遇到了没有完成饮料或离开好吃的学生的同学困惑。“从家里和左半边照顾包裹的学生......没有完成它,”他说。“那些是一些文化冲击。我本来从来没有这样做过。“乔顿,纪念夏妮河塞欧克部落的成员,永远不会这样做,因为成长他的家庭”没有大量的任何东西。“主要由一位母亲在快速城市,盖顿和他的三兄弟早期学会了,因为没有理所当然地拿走。从高中开始,他工作了一份工作来帮助支付方式。在他的高级城市中高中的高级高中,盖顿被迫辞职以获得一份工作,因为金钱很紧张。从南达科他州地雷的开始,他利用了Tiospaye计划必须提供的 - 奖学金,编程,指导,最重要的是,社区感。“Tiospaye绝对让它更容易,”他说。“当你上大学时,你来自某个背景,有些学生无法联系。这是一个来自类似背景的其他人的一种方式。 We were all broke in the same color.”What he also found in Tiospaye was fellow students who wanted to help each other succeed. “We were in service to each other to make sure we all made it,” he says. “I had three other friends who were in civil (engineering) and when we all took classes, we took them together. It made it fun and easier to succeed together.”Still, it wasn’t easy. Near the end of his bachelor’s program, Gayton was working four part-time jobs in addition to going to school. With the support of Tiospaye and fellow Tiospaye students, as well as his wife Dani, Gayton went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering. Today, he works as an engineer with FMG Engineering in Rapid City and has plans to someday get his PhD and possibly teach. He credits Tiospaye for helping to make it all happen.


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关于南达科他州地雷

南达科他矿业大学成立于1885年,是美国领先的工程、科学和技术大学之一。南达科他矿业公司提供学士、硕士和博士学位,并以合理的价格提供一流的教育。该大学招收2475名学生,平均每班24人。南达科塔矿业的毕业生就业率为97%,平均起薪超过66150美元。基于这些原因,College Factual将南达科塔矿业(South Dakota Mines)列为投资回报第一的工程学院。在网上找到我们www.ciia-c.com and on脸谱网推特linkedinInstagram.Snapchat

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