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Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)

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Through its TCUP award, QEM provides STEM technical assistance and professional development to Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions. Support is available to TCUP-eligible institutions for Planning Grants; Initiation Projects; Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education (BPR) Projects; Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP); and Research Initiation Awards (RIA). Through these mechanisms, along with collaborations with other National Science Foundation (NSF) units and its work with other organizations, TCUP aims to increase Native individuals' participation in STEM careers and the quality of STEM programs at TCUP-eligible institutions.

TCUP Science Education-focused Summer Internship
The ten-week, Washington, DC-based internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about issues pertaining to STEM education among American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, and to familiarize them with policies, programs, and strategies being used to address those issues. Interns also will increase their understanding of various health and environmental disparities that disproportionately affect American Indian and other minority groups; further develop their research, oral and written communication, and professional skills; visit a range of offices, museums, and other sites in the Washington area; and develop a peer network that includes other QEM interns from across the country.  Interns will work at the QEM office under the guidance of QEM staff, with the possibility of an externship opportunity at another agency or organization.

To be eligible for the internship, applicants for the Science Education-focused internship must be pursuing a STEM degree, be enrolled in a Tribal College or University, and have completed at least their freshman year by the start of the internship program. Students who have completed their degree program at a Tribal College or University must have been accepted into a four-year or a graduate program that will begin in the fall semester. For more information, including the stipend and additional eligibility requirements, download the 2016 QEM/NSF TCUP Science Education-focused Internship application here.

Promising Practices in STEM Education and Research Report

Recent QEM/TCUP Workshops

Final Report
Linthicum Heights, MD

October 30-31, 2015
Workshop on Assessment and Evaluation of STEM Instructional Practices at TCUP-supported Institutions


Resource List

Linthicum Heights, MD
December 5-6, 2014
Financial Management Workshop for Workshop Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
Linthicum Heights, MD

October 31-November 1, 2014
Workshop on the Fundamentals of Education Research for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Minneapolis, MN

March 7-8, 2014
Strategic Planning within/Sustaining Enchancements Beyond Tribal Colleges and University Program

Baltimore, MD
January 27-28, 2012
Research Initiation Awards (RIA) Workshop
Baltimore, MD
December 2-3, 2011
Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education Proposal Development Workshop
Baltimore, MD
September 30- October 1, 2011
Fundamenals of Education Research Proposal Workshop
Bloomington, MN
June 10-11, 2011
Workshop on Enchancing STEM Research at TCUP Institutions
Baltimore, MD
April 29-30, 2011
Proposal Development and Information Workshop
Albuquerque, NM

April 9-10, 2010
Regional Workshop on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Males in STEM at MSIs
(Native American Males)


Executive Summary of Workshop Series

NSF Contacts:
Lura (Jody) Chase, lchase@nsf.gov
Jill Karsten, jkarsten@nsf.gov
Denise Spain, dspain@nsf.gov