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
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.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid
City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university
enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
$62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on
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