Through her internship at Navajo Technical University’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Deirdra Deswood utilized a CT scanner to inspect additive manufacturing pieces without damaging them. Deirdra and her mentor, Dr. Scott Halliday, believe this technology will be vital to health and economic improvements for Native communities in the future.

“Tennison Big Day, a dedicated student at Montana State University, is highly regarded for his exceptional dance skills within the Apsàalooke (Crow) reservation community. He is actively engaged in research aimed at addressing the environmental hazard posed by arsenic-contaminated groundwater, a critical concern for the Apsàalooke people. Guided by the expertise of his mentor, Dr. Toby Koffman, an assistant research professor at Montana State University, Tennison is committed to making a meaningful impact in mitigating the challenges faced by his community.