Fall PNW-COSMOS Newsletter
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PNW-COSMOS newsletters were very capably managed by Cherrise Reyes and Raquel Arouca. We are very appreciative of the work they had done.  However, both have since left PNW-COSMOS for other opportunities; combined with the final phases of the grant PNW-COSMOS is funded through, the newsletter's frequency was revised.

This and two other newsletters will be sent out (the second in January 2019, and the final in June 2019).

The newsletters will continue to provide Native American students from the Alliance with information that will aid in their graduate, undergraduate, and professional careers, as well as providing information about cultural events that foster a sense of belonging for students and updates on news from the Alliance.

Thank you for your continued support of these newsletters by providing information and reading them.

Dr. Kelly Ward, Washington State University Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition, and a beloved member of the PNW-COSMOS family, passed away on July 8, 2018 from injuries suffered in a fall.   Kelly was a dedicated and passionate force behind the PNW-COSMOS Social Science Research Group (SSRG).   The SSRG's goal, to explore the role of culture in the socialization process of American Indian/Alaska Native graduate students within the STEM context, and to learn how cultural congruity between the students' culture of origin and the department and institutional culture influences students' involvement and integration into the STEM environment, was well-aligned with Kelly's commitment to advancing Native American education.  Kelly's scholarship focus also included work-life balance, faculty career development and institutional change to support fairness, equity and diversity.  Kelly was a professor in the WSU Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology, and had served as department chair for eight years prior to joining the Provost's Office in 2017.   Kelly is survived by her husband Gene Solomon and children Daisy, Lucy, and Henry Ward.   Kelly brought a unique enthusiasm and joy to everything and everybody she touched, and her passing leaves a big void in the WSU community and PNW-COSMOS family.    


The Pacific Northwest Circle of Success: Mentoring Opportunities in STEM (PNW-COSMOS) is an Alliance funded in 2014 by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate – Transformation (AGEP-T) program. The common goal for this Alliance is to increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native students who complete science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate programs. There are four alliance institutions, Washington State University, University of Idaho, University of Montana, and Montana State University; and four partnering institutions, Heritage University, Montana Tech, Northwest Indian College, and Salish Kootenai College. Together they will create, apply and study a model of culturally compatible recruitment and mentoring for American Indian/Alaska Native students to support their unique needs.

Student News from the COSMOS

We celebrate the success of  PNW-COSMOS students who have successfully completed graduate programs, started new graduate programs and jobs, and received awards and recognition this year!

Danielle Guzman (Washington State University) completed a Master's in Horticulture in January.   Danielle's thesis title is "Evaluation of Pre-Breeding Resources or Pyrus spp." with advisor Dr. Amit Dhingra. 
Landon Charlo (Washington State University) completed a Master's in Natural Resource Sciences in July.   Landon's thesis title was "Influence of artificial canopy gaps on wildfire and understory in young coastal temperate coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest" with advisors Drs. Mark Swanson and Daniel Thornton (WSU) and Dr. Kerri Vierling (UI).   Landon is continuing his graduate education in a  PhD program in Educational Psychology at WSU with Dr. Zoe Higheagle Strong. 

Shanara "Shanny" Spang Gion successfully presented and defended her  thesis "Synthesizing Traditional Knowledge and Western Science in Water Research, Policy, and Practice" in partial fulfillment for the Interdisciplinary Master of Science at Montana Tech with advisors Drs. Glenn Shaw and Pat Munday on Aug. 28.  Shanny is a PNW COSMOS scholar who participated in the first IKFC and also contributed to the planning and conduct of the first IMP.  

Tyler Fouty, MS in Civil Engineering at Washington State University, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship  in April.   Tyler received his Bachelor's degree from Salish Kootenai College, and noted that he is the third NSF GRFP recipient from SKC!

Three Northwest Indian College BS in Native Environmental Sciences graduates are starting graduate programs this fall:   Julia Orloff (Aleut) at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Nick Jefferson (Lummi) at Western Washington University, and Kim Williams (Nez Perce) at the University of Idaho. 

Rudy Shebala was awarded a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho with a dissertation "Horses and grazing on the Navajo Indian Reservation."   Rudy's major advisor was J.D. Wulfhorst.

James Walker received an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Idaho with the thesis "Kii hii-wes ii-nim, ii-nim wen'ipt!" (This is mine, my song!).    James' advisor was Rodney Frey.

Anita Moore-Nall (PhD, Earth Sciences, Montana State University, 2017) received a Multicultural Post-Doctoral position with the Department of Health Sciences and Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. She plans to conduct research on contamination or possible contamination issues that may be affecting the health of Alaska Native communities. She will learn to write grants for funding to support her research that will necessitate travel via small planes and boats to remote areas where many Alaska Native communities live. In addition, she will either teach a medical geology or environmental health class. Her immediate supervisor is Janet Johnston, Interim Director ICHS and Associate Professor of Epidemiology. Anita anticipates possibilities to collaborate with other professors and researchers in the department. The appointment is for a year with possibility of renewal for up to three years. Anita began her position on August 13th.

Dionne Zoanni (MS, Earth Sciences, Montana State University, 2017) is working with the U.S. Geological Survey as a Managed Service Specialist in the USGS Cloud Hosting Solutions (CHS) team in the Bozeman, MT field office. Recently, she has taken on the role of product manager for Tableau©, a data visualization software used by many government agencies and academic institutions for public data dissemination purposes. Dionne shares that the software has considerable geospatial capabilities with easy drag-and-drop analytics, without requiring the end-user to have programming skills or ArcGIS knowledge. Her group recently used Tableau© to visualize White Goose migration paths in real time, as well as data for a weather station in the Grand Canyon. Dionne recently discovered that students with a dot edu email address can get a free license, so she wanted to share this information with the AGEP community. The software is available at: Dionne also is available to help students with any questions they might have about using the software. She can be reached at
Scholarships Information

American Indian College Fund Scholarships open in January and are due at the end of May. Their website will have information on the different opportunities, eligibility, and how to apply.  Please visit their website.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarship page features:
  • AISES Leadership Summit Travel Scholarships
  • AISES A. T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
  • AISES Burlington North Santa Fe Foundation Scholarship
  • AISES Chevron Corporation Scholarship
  • AISES Oracle Academy Schoarlship
  • AISES Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program
Montana Academy of Sciences (MAS) has the Student Research Grant Program with deadline in March. Visit their website at

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Travel Scholarships also have deadlines in March. Check their website and their Opportunities page for more information.

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program deadline is at the end of October. Start your application early and look for workshops on your campus about this opportunity.

The MASERGY STEM Scholarship program is due mid-August. See their website for more information.

The Institute for Broadening Participation offers resources on STEM scholarships, Fellowships and Postdoctoral positions:

30+ undergraduate scholarships
30+ graduate fellowships
170+ postdoc positions

You can also follow them on Facebook.
Conference Checklist:

2018 AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) National Conference will be in Oklahoma City, OK. The theme is "Honor the Past. Be the Future." Conference dates are October 4 - 6.

2018 SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) National Conference will be in San Antonio, TX. The conference title is "The National Diversity in STEM Conference." Conference dates are October 11 - 13.

2018 American Indigenous Research Conference will be in Polson, MT. Conference dates are October 11 - 13.

2018 NIEA (National Indian Education Association) Convention and Trade Show will be in Hartford, CT. The theme is "Building Education Nations through Culture, Creativity, and Critical Thought." Conference dates are October 10 - 13.
Cultural Events in the Fall:
  • American Indian Heritage Day in Montana (fourth Friday in September)
  • And, review the highlighted cultural section of previous newsletters in the Culture_in_the_COSMOS handout.
2018 Indigenous Knowledge Field Camp

The 2018 Indigenous Knowledge Field Camp (IKFC) took place from August 6 to 10.  Five faculty and five graduate students representing the Alliance institutions participated.  The IKFC was hosted and led by a team of faculty from the University of Idaho and University of Montana and was supported by Nez Perce Elders, scientists, and educators.  The camp explored the connection between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Science.  The camp exposed participants to the rich history of Native tribes and the way they cared for and used their ancestral lands.   Two Nez Perce elders spoke to the value of recognizing the importance of looking at science and discovery from a Native lens and urged both students and faculty to listen and learn from the stories of the indigenous people.  Tribal scientists and educators presented on the way indigenous populations used language to and the importance of language to the understanding of place. 


The 2019 IKFC is scheduled for August 5 – 9.   Jerry McMurtry ( is the contact.

Photos from the 2018 Indigenous Knowledge Field Camp.

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Our Graduate degrees' application deadlines vary by program, check Degree Programs for specific program deadlines 

Our Graduate degrees' application deadlines vary by program, check Degree Programs for specific program deadlines. 


Our Graduate degrees' application deadlines vary by program, check Degree Programs for specific program deadlines.

Summer Semester Priority Deadline:
April 1st

Fall Semester Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience Priority Deadline: March 1st
All other programs: April 1st

Spring Semester Priority Application Deadline:
October 1st

Make sure to check your specific Degree Program for deadlines 

Summer Session 
Priority Application Deadline: February 1

Fall Semester
Priority Application Deadline: February 1

Spring Semester
Priority Application Deadline: September 1

Make sure to check your specific Degree Program for deadlines 

Fall Semester
Priority Application Deadline: January 10

Spring Semester
Priority Application Deadline: July 1

Make sure to check your specific Degree Program for deadlines 

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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 Native Alaskans. 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.

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