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The Future Stewards Program supports two active Native American student groups: the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and the Native American Student Association (NASA).

American Indian Science and Engineering Society Logo American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Winner - 2013 AISES National Recruitment/Retention Chapter Award

The AISES mission is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines. AISES membership fee for eligible students (Students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math fields.) is sponsored by the RIT Future Stewards Program at their request. AISES meets monthly and each year we send a large delegation of scholars to the AISES National Convention. RIT covers all travel expenses for those presenting research. Students have found the national conference an excellent opportunity to network, present their research and secure co-ops.
AISES Students at National Conference President: Samantha Domon, Vice-President: Logan Herrick, Treasurer: Brendan John, Secretary: Alicia Lazore

    AISES National Conference Awards
  • Chapter Award - Recruitment/Retention - 2013
  • Judges Special Cultural Award - Robbie Jimerson - 2013
  • 3rd Place - Undergraduate Oral Presentation - Robyn Wilson - 2011
  • 1st Place - Graduate Oral Presentation - Dwight Cooke - 2010
  • 1st Place - Graduate Oral Presentation - Dwight Cooke - 2009

Robbie Jimerson - The Seneca Language Revitalization Project

Abstract:There are less than 150 fluent speakers of the Seneca Language. The Seneca Language Revitalization Project is one of the many initiatives by the Seneca Nation of Indians to preserve and promote their language. For this project the Seneca Nation of Indians and RIT have partnered together to produce an online dictionary. A user can enter an English word and certain parameters and the appropriate Seneca will be returned. Since being published online this online dictionary has been used as a reference to check that words are being used in the proper manner. Seneca is a complicated language and very fluid in terms of tense and conjugation. The online dictionary is a learning tool that is helping to promote the language is accessible from any internet connected device.


Alicia Lazore - What Controls the Distribution of Mayfly Nymphs?

Abstract: It is important to maintain, understand, and report physical, chemical, and biological measures of streams to ensure water quality. Making these data available can assist in mitigation measures to preserve waters for aesthetics and public health. Influences such as fertilizer application to crops can then bio accumulate into nearby streams and cause disturbance to intolerant macroinvertebrate species such as mayfies. Six stream sites with varying habitats at Las Cruces biological research station have been sampled for nitrate, phosphate, and mayfly abundance to test whether there is a difference in; habitat, levels of nutrients, and abundance of mayflies. Mayflies are widely known for being intolerant to pollution so I expected to find fewer mayflies in the streams by abandoned pastures. Two of the study areas are from abandoned pasture areas where fertilization activity may have taken place (approximately 60 years ago), two are from secondary forest, and two are from primary forest. Various parameters of the streams were taken to seek different characteristics in streams of differing habitat. Through this study it was found that mayfly nymph prefer to inhabit streams in the primary forest. Continued research on mayflies at Las Cruces would be best in the W. Java River.


Brendan John - Eye Tracking for Collaborative Image Analysis

Abstract: Immediately following incidents like the Boston Bombing many images and video from a variety of different sources must be studied by analysts to identify important information such as suspicious persons or packages. This is typically not a very efficient process as there is no framework in place to inform one analyst of which regions of an image were already studied by other analysts. Presented will be results from a study which utilizes multiple eyetracking devices in a collaborative image analysis framework. The system features eye-tracking devices used to gather real-time gaze information from each analyst viewing the scene on different computers in different locations. Individual gaze information is communicated to the other analysts using a variety of visualization techniques. The framework can be utilized in a wide variety of image analysis applications which can benefit from a collaborative approach. A small pilot study was conducted using two individuals playing alone, and then a a group playing with gaze data displayed. The results from this pilot study showed the group solved difficult images faster and easier images at close to the same rate as the individuals. Lastly, a more comprehensive user study is planned that involves more users and more trials to provide more data on displaying gaze data versus not displaying gaze data.


Native American Student Association (NASA)
The Native American Student Association is open to all members of the RIT community who are interested in Native American, Alaska Native and First Nation issues and culture. NASA is primarily a social club and meets monthly; membership is free and is a good way to meet fellow Native scholars. Previous events attended by NASA include an overnight stay in the long house at the Ganondagan State Historic Site and hosting a showing of "The Medicine Game".
NASA at Imagine RIT with Haudenosaunee Dancers President: Logan Herrick, Vice-President: Nilan Lovelace, Treasurer: Brendan John, Secretary: Emily Roberts Sovie