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Southeastern students attend science and engineering national meeting

Sarrysa Eaves presents her research poster.

Sarrysa Eaves presents her research poster.

DURANT, Okla. ‚Äď Six undergraduate students represented Southeastern Oklahoma State University at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) national meeting in Orlando, Florida, November 12-16.

The SE AISES chapter members attending were Sarrysa Eaves (chemistry/biology medical sciences major from Durant), Aleina Pate (chemistry major-minor from Fort Towson), James Sharp (chemistry major, Colbert), Preston Cosper (SE AISES chapter president, computer science major from Coalgate), Katy Gaskill (chemistry/biology medical sciences major from Mead), and Kayleb Koslowsky (chemistry/biology medical sciences major from Kingston).

The students were accompanied by Dr. Nancy Paiva, Southeastern AISES chapter faculty mentor, chemistry, computer & physical sciences department.

The first three students, Eaves, Pate and Sharp, presented research posters based on research conducted in Oklahoma during summer 2014. Eaves won fourth place in the undergraduate poster completion category, earning a certificate and $450.

All students accepted to present posters earned a free meeting registration. Most of the travel funds came from two grants awarded to Paiva and Southeastern from the National Science Foundation Oklahoma EPSCoR and NASA Oklahoma Space Grant, with additional funds from the Southeastern Student Government Association and two travel awards from the Choctaw Nation to Gaskill and Cosper.

All of the students attended the career fair, where approximately 200 federal and state agencies, companies and universities presented offers for scholarships, internships, degree programs and jobs.

They also met in a caucus with all of the other chapters from AISES Region 4 to discuss regional business, including the plans for the Spring regional meeting. Each student also selected resume preparation or career-building sessions of interest to them.

The meeting also blended in several cultural aspects, including presentations by tribal elders at the opening and closing ceremonies and a stomp dance led by a hosting Florida tribe.

The guest speaker at the closing banquet was Astronaut John Herrington, a registered Chickasaw from Oklahoma.

Students who did not attend the meeting may join AISES online at to view and apply for many of the opportunities advertised at the meeting.

Current Southeastern students interested in joining the local chapter are encouraged to contact Paiva, Cosper or Jennifer Kemp at the Southeastern Native American Center for Student Success.