PREM Vision for Excellence at Navajo Technical University in Research and Education in STEM (VENTURES)

Thiagarajan Soundappan


Principal Investigator

The Partnership for Research and Education in Materials: Vision for Excellence at Navajo Technical University in Research and Education in STEM (PREM VENTURES) is a partnership between Navajo Technical University (NTU) and the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Harvard University. As the first PREM based at a Tribal University, the partnership will build robust pathways for Native American students in STEM education and careers, from K-12 to undergraduate and from undergraduate to graduate programs. The goals of the partnership are to: (1) Increase the number of Native Americans earning undergraduate degrees in STEM fields, (2) Increase the research infrastructure at NTU so that students and faculty can investigate problems within their community, (3) Increase the number of Native Americans entering and completing graduate programs in materials science, and related fields, (4) Integrate Native American perspectives and methods of inquiry into materials science research.

Jane Doe

Research Scientist, California State University

Hans Hanley

Electrical Engineering, Princeton University