Engaging Native American Students in Scientific Computing with QIIME 2
Greg Caporaso (Northern Arizona University)
To use QIIME 2 as an on-ramp to scientific computing for Native American students by engaging locally with schools primarily serving Native Americans, while expanding the global QIIME2 user, developer, and educator communities.
QIIME 2 is the premier software platform for microbiome research. In addition to our focus on building excellent software for microbiome research, a focus of QIIME 2 has always been to support diversity and inclusion in microbiome research and bioinformatics. This proposal aims to develop a workshop introducing open source scientific computing geared toward Native American students. QIIME 2 will be used as an illustrative project in these workshops focused on building excitement around training and careers in scientific computing. Additionally, this work will develop and host a two-track scientific computing event at Northern Arizona University that will have overlapping and independent sessions.
The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) is a National Cancer Institute-funded project focused on reducing cancer health disparities in Native Americans and on providing biomedical research opportunities for Native American students.
The NAU Cultural and Academic Research Experience (CARE) program aims to increase the number of Native American and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, math, and medical fields by engaging high school students at an earlier age through culturally relevant training in chemistry, biology, and healthcare fields.
NAU Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) acts as a catalyst among tribal governments, research and technical resources at NAU, federal, state and local governments, and the private sector in support of environmental protection of Native American natural resources. ITEP strengthens tribal capacity and sovereignty in environmental and natural resource management through culturally relevant education, research, partnerships and policy-based services.