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 Alliance Newsletter January 2017 edition! 

The purpose of this newsletter is to highlight Alliance accomplishments and opportunities for both faculty and students. The Newsletter is distributed on the last Monday of each month. 


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University of Montana -
Errata: Don Belile is a doctoral student in Systems Ecology, not Chemistry as indicated in last month's newsletter.

Reminder: the University of Montana (UM) will no longer send monthly newsletters. For past issues of UM’s newsletters, please go to:

Alliance -
The Indigenous Mentoring Program (IMP) will have it's own page on our PNW-COSMOS Website!



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/Native Alaskan 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/Native Alaskan students to support their unique needs.

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Hello from Salish Kootenai College!
The mission of Salish Kootenai College is to provide quality post-secondary educational opportunities for Native Americans, locally and from throughout the United States. The College will promote community and individual development and perpetuate the cultures of the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Nation.
Our Ways of Being
We hold ourselves accountable. We are:
Professional & Focused on the Mission and Vision of SKC;
Appreciative & Respectful of our diversity of thought, experience, and situation;
Mindful & Transparent in our communication and actions.
Traditional Beliefs Inspire Well-Being.

Tyler Fouty 
Senior, B.S. Hydrology 

I feel honored to highlight Tyler Fouty in the January newsletter.

Tyler Fouty is currently a senior studying Hydrology. Born and raised on the Flathead Indian reservation, he has contributed to his community and is a role model for other Salish, young men. He has volunteered and now the assistant coach for Track and Field at Polson High School for the last four years. He has volunteered for many events on the Salish Kootenai College campus, supporting a collaborative, active educational environment. He is currently the president for SKC’s chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineer Society (AISES). It is not uncommon to see Tyler reaching out to other students, with gentle phrases of support.


SKC offers Bachelor of Science degrees in:

Secondary Science Education

Secondary Math Education

Forestry (Wildland Fire)


Life Science

Wildlife & Fisheries

Learn More!

Recent Event:
GRE prep course scheduled for January 27th and 28th.

 A big thanks to Barbara Komlos at Montana State University (MSU) for connecting Co Carew with instructors from MSU.

Engagement in the COSMOS:

 SKC Faculty and staff have attended the Indigenous Mentoring Program and are engaged in stimulating discussions after each module.


The University of Montana community is grieved by the loss of their longest-serving president. He left the presidency in 2010 after twenty years of service, highly impacting Native American Students. Under his presidency, Native enrollment more than doubled from 239 to 569 students. During his time, he completed The Payne Family Native American Center, the first facility in the nation built to accommodate a Native American Studies department and American Indian Student Services.

Read more about President George Dennison


University of Montana (UM) News:


WSU - Graduate Workshop 3
January 31st and February 1
WSU, Cleveland Hall 21A

This is the third workshop in a series of three workshops devoted to recruiting and mentoring Native American graduate students and conducting responsible, collaborative research with Native American communities. These workshops are organized by the Plateau Center for Native American Research & Collaboration and the WSU Graduate School, with support from the PNW-COSMOS Alliance (funded in part by NSF AGEP-T grant #1432910). Each workshop will be offered twice, on consecutive days, in order to maximize the number of people able to attend. Refreshments are provided.

In the third workshop, we will focus upon Indigenous research needs, “Indigenous Research Methods,” and collaborative research with tribal communities

We will meet in the WSU Native American Programs classroom, Cleveland Hall 21A, from 4:00 PM–6:00 PM

***Please see the Events page for more details.

Indigenous Mentoring Program Module 3: American Indian Student Services
Feb. 1st 12:30-2:00 pm
The main objective of this module is to gain familiarity with Student Services for American Indian/Alaska Native students on campus. Each campus (UM, MSU, SKC, MT Tech) will have a panel of participants from programs/services across their campuses.

Montana State University participants will meet at Reid 415, and they will be joined via video conferencing by Salish Kootenai College participants, who will meet at IT Conference room/Mathias bldg.
Montana Tech participants will meet at HSB 002.
University of Montana participants will meet at Todd 210.

Participants can remotely access the meeting by arranging it with their campus' program coordinator.

AGEP National Forum
February 23-24

Washington, DC

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is pleased to be convening the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) National Forum. The AGEP Forum will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Thursday, February 23 and Friday, February 24, 2017.

Sweeney Windchief (Assistant Professor of Education at Montana State University) will be delivering the opening plenary “Academic Family: Reconceptualizing Mentoring for American Indian/Alaska Native Graduate Students."

IMP Module 4: Visiting Home Communities
March 1st 12:30-2:00 pm

The main objective of this module is to provide mentors with a greater understanding of AI/AN lived realities. Faculty mentors and their mentees, who have visited the student’s home community together, will share experiences and advice.
 UM, MT Tech, MSU, and SKC participants will connect via video conferencing. Below is a list of the location at each campus:

UM @ Todd 210;
MSU @ Reid 415;
MT Tech @ HSB 002;
SKC @ IT conference room/Mathias bldg.

Please visit our events page for more events and updates! 
Submit events to PNW-COSMOS here

Interested in Graduate School?
See Fall and Summer deadlines:

Fall Semester
Priority Application Deadline: February 1

Summer Session 
Priority Application Deadline: February 1

Make sure to check your specific Degree Program for deadlines 

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

Fall Semester
Priority Application Deadline: March 1

Make sure to check your specific Degree Program for deadlines 

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

Fall Semester
Priority Application Deadline: January 10

Make sure to check your specific Degree Program for deadlines 

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

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) DEADLINE APPROACHING!!

A flexible 10-week research experience opportunity for Native undergraduate students is available at Washington State University in diverse areas of environmental sciences, natural resources, plant biology, horticulture, plant pathology, muscle biology and atmospheric research. Students should be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at any US university. We are happy to accommodate students with families.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 10, 2017.

Visit the program's website or contact the REU Site coordinators:
Amit Dhingra - / 509-335-3625
Lori Carris - / 509-335-3733

Scholarship Opportunity!! 
AISES Receives $1.32 Million in Scholarship Support from Intel for Native American STEM Students

The Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program will support 20 graduate and 20 undergraduate students each year.  While this Program is not automatically renewing, awardees are encouraged to re-apply each year.  The Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program includes financial support, mentorship, paid internship opportunities, and, upon successful graduation, employment opportunities with Intel. As Intel will provide opportunities for paid internships, students will also be evaluated based on their interest in participating in an Intel internship in Summer 2018.  

Applications are due May 1, 2017. 

Visit the AISES Scholarships to learn more about the eligibility and  the application. 
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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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