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Brendan John, Treasurer - AISES and NASA
I am affiliated with the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy. I am from Salamanca, NY which is located on one of the Seneca Nation Indian reservations. I am a third year undergrad majoring in Computer Science, and I am currently the Treasurer of two FSP affiliated programs, AISES and NASA.
I will soon be starting work on the Seneca Language Revitalization Program(SLRP) in part with the Seneca Nation. This program is currently putting together a online English to Seneca dictionary. I also am a volunteer at the Seneca Iroquois National Museum in my hometown of Salamanca. Over the Summer I spent about 140 hours cataloging books into a card catalog and organizing them on shelves for easy access.
FSP provides a lot of career based benefits via job fairs, visiting companies or resume reviews. One way they helped me specifically was connected me with the SLRP program to which I will soon be working on. Without FSP I may not have been involved in this program despite it being in my field and based off my culture. It also provides a lot of relief from all things academic, events organized involve meeting new people and finding ways to avoid some of the stress of schoolwork.
Logan Herrick, President - NASA, Vice President - AISES
I am a 4th year Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Technology student from the Seneca Nation of Indians (Allegheny Reservation).
FSP really helps you get in touch with people you can relate to, and offers a really strong support network. Extremely helpful in connecting students with employers. Personally, I probably wouldn't be at RIT if FSP hadn't shown me around before I applied. With their help, I was able to obtain a Co-op with NASA at their Langley Research Center.
Alicia Lazore, Enivironmental Sustainability, Health and Safety Major
I am St. Regis Mohawk from Syracuse, NY and a 4th year Environmental Sustainability, Health & Safety undergraduate. I am a member of AISES and NASA and have served as treasurer, vice president and president with the clubs.
Through FSP I have been connected with some incredible opportunities! Each year I have been lucky enough to attend the AISES National Conference, which has afforded me the opportunity to travel to new places (my first plane ride) and network with students and other professionals across the country. In the summer of 2012, I participated in the NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program (LARSS) and in the 2013 summer, I conducted research in water quality at the Las Cruces Biological Field Station in Costa Rica with the Native American Pacific Islander Research Experience (NAPIRE).
FSP has supported me throughout my journey at RIT and I am so thankful for the faculty, staff, and students that I have met.
Native Student Groups
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 (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.
President: Bruce Jones, Treasurer: Brendan John, Secretary: Desi Martinez
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".
President/Social Chair: Mikaela David, Treasurer: Brendan John, Secretary: Desi Martinez