January 2019 PNW-COSMOS Newsletter
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The focus will be to provide Native American students from the Alliance with information that will aid in their graduate, undergraduate, and professional careers; and providing information about cultural events that foster a sense of belonging for students.

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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.

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.
Research Experience for Undergraduates

Some of the Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs that will be available in 2019 are listed below.   Be sure to check with other institutions not listed for the availability of other REU programs.

Montana State University
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry:  Programs in Chemical Biology and Next Generation Materials and Catalysts will run from June 3- August 9, 2019.   Applications are open and due by February 15, 2019.  Contact Dr. Sharon Neufeldt for more information.
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering: REU: Observing Our World With Light and Sound.   Program will run from June 3 – August 9, 2019. Contact Dr. Kevin Repasky for more information. Applications are open and deadline is February 15, 2019.
Washington State University
University of Idaho
UC Berkeley/ University of San Francisco
  University of Michigan
  • REU Research Program in Physics.   Programs run June 3 - August 9, 2019.   Application deadline is February 8, 2019.
  • REU in Pharmacy.  Programs run May 22 - August 2, 2019.   Application deadline is February 15, 2019.
  • Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region.  Program runs June 19 - August 18, 2019.   Application deadline is February 15, 2019.
  • Mathematics.  Programs start after May 1 and end by August 15, 2019.   Application deadline is February 8, 2019.
  • Biophysics.   Programs run June 3 - August 9, 2019.   Application deadline is February 11, 2019.
Cultural Events in the Spring:

Dr. Barbara Komlos, Montana State University, was chosen to receive the inaugural Indigenous Student Affairs Network  (ISAN)  Innovative Practice Award.  The award will be presented in March at the ACPA19 Convention in Boston, MA.  

Dr. Ed Galindo (below left) received the 2018 University of Idaho Alumni Award for Excellence--Inspirational Mentor at the Alumni Awards for Excellence Banquet on December 7, 20118.   Dr. Galindo is shown with PNW-COSMOS student Sammy Matsaw (below center), and  IKEEP student Jessica Matsaw (below right). 


Be sure to read PNW-COSMOS/University of Idaho student Dawn Davis' powerful article, "Decline of American Peyote".

WSU Tribal Liaison Updates

After 31 years of dedication to Washington State University's Native American community, Barbara Aston retired from the university and her position as Tribal Liaison.   A retirement party was held January 9, 2019 at the  Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center on the WSU Campus.  

Dr. Zoe Higheagle is the new executive director of  WSU Tribal Relations and Special Assistant to the Provost as of January 10, 2019.   Dr. Higheagle Strong will also serve as Director of the Plateau Center for Native American Research and Collaborations.   Dr. Higheagle Strong is an assistant professor of Educational Psychology in the WSU College of Education.   Her research focus includes socioeconomic factors that influence adolescent's identity, safety, and learning in academic environments.    Read more about Dr. Higheagle Strong at

Indigenous Mentoring Program Workshop
at Montana State University

On Sat. Nov. 3, 2018, Dr. Sweeney Windchief and Dr. Barbara Komlos facilitated a 5-hour Indigenous Mentoring Program (IMP) workshop at Montana State University (MSU) attended by 20 faculty and staff representing 9 STEM programs and 3 non-STEM programs. The workshop was offered through the MSU Center for Faculty Excellence for professional development credit with funding provided by the NSF AGEP grant. MSU is piloting a new format for the IMP based on feedback from prior IMP participants to condense the program into fewer than the original 8 face-to-face meetings. This Saturday workshop was a follow-up to a 1.5-hour introduction to the IMP held on Sept. 7th. Together the two the sessions covered eight of the nine modules with materials associated with the 9th module made available to participants electronically. Participants enthusiastically engaged in small group activities, and actively looking for ways to apply the information to their own disciplines and roles. Overall, participants reported feeling better prepared to mentor Native graduate students and more aware of the resources available on campus. Furthermore, they grasped the importance of building relationships and going beyond the individual student to consider the student’s tribal community, and approaching interactions through a lens of cultural humility.

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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 s 

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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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