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Mines students make their mark at AISES national conference
Release Date Tuesday, November 26, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 26, 2013) – Among the more than 1,600 attendees at the 2013 American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) national conference, two South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students stood apart from the crowd.

Jacob Phipps, a senior chemistry major and Tiospaye scholar of the Muscogee Nation, from Mesa, Ariz., won first place and the $1,000 prize for his poster presentation “Forestville Mystery Cave State Park Spring – Inventory/Chemistry & Flow Systems.” His parents are Candy Bossert  and Daniel Phipps.

Civil engineering major Leo Chasing, a Sicangu Lakota sophomore from the Rosebud Sioux tribe, was awarded the Sequoyah Lifetime AISES Fellow Membership. The fellowship program derives its name from Sequoyah, the American Indian who perfected the Cherokee alphabet in 1821, resulting in total tribal literacy in less than one year. Sequoyah fellows are recognized for their commitment to leadership, mentorship, and acts of service that support students and professionals in the American Indian community.

Domingo Tamayo, a Sicangu Lakota junior and physics major from the Rosebud Sioux tribe; Kimberlynn Cameron, a geological engineering senior and Tiospaye scholar of the Standing Rock Lakota tribe; and Grace Sumption, a senior geology major, former Tiospaye scholar and member of the Cheyenne River Lakota tribe, also presented at the conference.

A premier event for American Indian professionals, the AISES National Conference convenes graduate, undergraduate and high school students, educators, workforce professionals and corporate and government partners in science, technology, engineering and math fields nationwide.


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