The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.
Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields — as students, professionals, mentors, and leaders. AISES employs a "full circle of support" model that begins with pre-college programs, progresses into collegiate life, and then into the professional years of members and on into retirement.
AISES works to promote, initiate, and provide educational services for American Indian and Alaska Native pre-college,college, and graduate students in STEM. AISES also supports early-, mid-, and executive-level professionals in STEM through professional development, mentoring, networking, community service, and awards programs and initiatives. AISES is the only professional society established by and for American Indian and Alaska Natives that specifically emphasizes lifelong learning and educational achievement by utilizing cultural aspects with STEM.
Through the quality and reach of its programs and the longevity and devoted commitment of its “family,” AISES is the undisputed leader in STEM opportunity in Indian Country. Members from over 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and AISES enjoys the support and partnership of corporate, government, academic, and tribal decision-makers.
What began in 1977 now comprises a robust platform serving constituents from childhood through retirement.
177 Chartered College and University chapters throughout the United States and Canada
13 Professional Chapters
160 Affiliated Schools that enroll more than 55,000 K-12 Native American students
Nearly 3,000 current members
More than a thousand Sequoyah Fellows (Lifetime members)
Scholarship programs which have cumulatively awarded over $8,7M to 4,924 students