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Partnership in Research and Education in Materials with Navajo Tech: Inspiring STEM Pathways from High School to Graduate Studies

The  Partnership  for  Research  and  Education  in Materials  between  Navajo Technical  University  and the   MRSEC   based   at   Harvard   focuses   on developing culturally-informed, sustainable pathways into materials science-related careers and advanced studies  for  Navajo  students.  The  partnership includes reciprocal visits, including a visit to Navajo Tech in fall 2022 by MRSEC director Jennifer Lewis, education director Kathryn Hollar, and postdoctoral fellow  Dylan  Barber.  They  met  with  faculty, undergraduates, and high school students to further develop  research  collaborations  and  encourage students to pursue STEM careers.

The  partnership  also  supports  intensive  research experiences   at   Harvard,   including   summer internships  and  a  new  post-baccalaureate  program at Harvard. Throughout the academic year, MRSEC-led   professional   development   in   scientific communication has greatly increased the number of students presenting and winning awards at national conferences.