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American Indian science summit in Rochester

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Students and professionals from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society will begin a three-day leadership conference today in Rochester with support from meeting hosts IBM and Mayo Clinic.

The AISES 2016 Leadership Summit aims to build the skill and aptitude levels of society members, according to a news release. The summit will focus on career development and better preparing members to achieve jobs and careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The summit will include Native higher education students and AISES industry professionals in professional development workshops and networking.

Sessions to be included in the three-day summit include "Maintaining Cultural Identity," "Change Management: Managing Personal Change" and "Bridging Native Tradition with STEM."

"Studies prove that building peer support networks and providing positive role models, mentors and career-development programs have profound effects on minority college students in STEM, and we all know that it's important for professionals, too," an AISES release stated.

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The summit will take place at the IBM Executive Briefing Center and Mayo Clinic Medical Center Campus. Registration for the event closed April 5.

AISES is a national nonprofit organization focused on increasing representation of Native populations in STEM studies and careers, according to its website. It was founded in 1977 and has a membership of more than 3,800 individual members and 189 chartered college and university chapters. AISES has awarded more than $10.3 million in academic scholarships to American Indian students to pursue STEM studies.

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