Navajo Technical University (NTU) biology graduate Robinson Tom will be enrolling in a post-baccalaureate program at Harvard University this fall through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) PREM project. The opportunity was made available under the collaboration NTU built with Harvard in 2018.
The purpose of the PREM project is to build enduring pathways for undergraduate Native American students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields by including diverse perspectives and methods of scientific inquiry in research and education. The work has included community outreach to regional K-12 schools, but has also expanded research exchanges and internships. Tom had participated in each activity over the last several years, which made him the perfect candidate to transfer his knowledge and skillset to Harvard.
“He’s going to be a role model for this NSF PREM project,” explains Dr. Thiagarajan Soundappan, an associate professor of chemistry and chair of NTU’s School of Science. “I plan on sending our students to Harvard for the next 10 years.”
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