Northern Arizona Recruits Native Americans for STEM

In the U.S., Native Americans have the lowest university enrollment and graduation rates out of any group. And in fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), they only represent 0.5 percent of students.

In an effort to combat the underrepresentation, two professors at Northern Arizona University (NAU) have received a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), so they can create an interdisciplinary program to recruit Native American students into STEM.

The two professors leading the program are Cathy Propper, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Leslie Schulz, a professor in the Health Sciences Department.

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