Native American Student Leadership Conference:

Achievement, Culture & Leadership Through STEM

Thank you to everyone who attended the Native American Student Leadership Conference: Achievement, Culture & Leadership through (Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics) STEM.

The annual event is an effort to expose students to higher education opportunities and help them build leadership skills.

High school students from Granite, Salt Lake, Murray, Tooele, Sevier, Jordan, Canyons, Davis  and Uinta districts participated in a series of STEM focused hands-on activities.

“The more people of diverse backgrounds we have in science, the better science will be,” Dr. Jean Bower, Biotechnology Department chair at Salt Lake Community College, told students during her “Exploring your DNA” session. “You guys can influence the way science happens.”

Other breakout sessions included experts in pharmacology, engineering and health sciences. Students also were given a primer on scholarships and financial aid.

Dallas Yazzie, a senior at Taylorsville High School attending the conference for a second time, said he was excited to see science as the theme. An aspiring chemical engineer, Yazzie said not only are the activities fun but getting the information on how to get into college is helpful.

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