TUBA CITY -- Michelle Tsinnie, a freshman from Tuba City High School and the daughter of Bob and Arlene Tsinnie, was one of 20 American Indian students selected to participate in a summer science program, American Indian Science Scholars at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee this past July 2005.
Tsinnie, was the only Southwest native high school representative at UWM's College of Health Science program.
Modeled after the successful CHS High School Scholars Biomedical Program, the students stayed in the Sandburg Hall dorms and got a real taste of college level laboratory studies.
Tsinnie along with the fellow summer science scholars learned first hand about conducting successful lab experiments, including collection of DNA samples, hematology, audiology testing coupled with several fun activities like taking a day trip to the Milwaukee Zoo and trips to downtown Milwaukee to enjoy local cultural activities.
The summer native science scholars also were able to do a bit of research at the Water Institute on Lake Michigan.
Tsinnie said "I had lots of fun meeting new students who were from other reservations as well as learning new science methods I could use once I got back to Tuba City High. It was my first plane ride experience, I learned a lot and hope to participate again."
The program is sponsored by the Native American Research Center for Health in its increase drive to increase the number of American Indian students, scientists, health professionals into the biomedical, clinical and behavioral research fields.
For more information about the American Indian Science Scholar summer program, call Bob Tsinnie at the Tuba City Alternative School (928-283-4104) or the Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.
(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)
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