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The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) provides academic support to students from diverse backgrounds, nations, and territories. Our students are doing cutting edge research in fields such as chemical engineering, animal science, biological sciences, environmental sciences and many more. Take a moment to explore their profiles below and see for yourself what a Cornell education can offer.

Michael Charles (Navajo) '16 talks about his journey at Cornell and how the AIISP has helped him along the way. Video credit: Filmed and Edited by June Liu.

Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Skye Hart '18

Tonawanda Band of Seneca, Snipe Clan
Skye is a member of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca who has spent most of her life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The inequities in her hometown motivated her to major in Urban and Regional Studies, and her interest in the built environment resulted in a minor in Architecture. Because she hopes to work with urban Native communities in the future, she is working towards a second minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. As a Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, Skye will research the issues facing Seatte's urban Native population, the resources currently available, and community needs.
Bailee, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, grew up in both Longview, Texas and Denver, Colorado. She is a junior in CALS studying Plant Sciences and plans to obtain a minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Some of her interests include learning about plants Native to the Cayuga Lake Basin area, gardening, and learning about traditional foods and medicines of her Nation.
Born and raised in the city of Syracuse, NY, Alissa is a PMA major and a Goldenberg Family Scholarship recipient. She served as Media Chair for Native American Students at Cornell (NASAC) for 2015-16 and now serves as a Co-Chair for 2016-17. Currently, she is spending the summer with Signature Theatre Company in New York City as their Production Management Intern. During the school year, you can find her running around the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, at AIISP's weekly Faculty Fellows dinner, or in rehearsal as a Production Assistant for a student-run show.
Madalynn is a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Insect Biology and minoring in microbial science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). She is a second-year resident at Akwe:kon and recipient of the Akwe:kon Peer Appreciation Award as well as the treasurer for NASAC for the upcoming 2016-2017 year. She is the secretary for the Cornell AISES chapter and a brother of the professional chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma.
Ben grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and is currently pursuing a Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a minor in American Indian Studies. He has been heavily involved with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) since his first day at Cornell, serving three terms as the Cornell Chapter Co-President (2014-2017) and two terms as the Region 6 Student Representative (2015-2017). For his work with AISES, Ben was awarded the 2015 AISES Leadership Award and the 2016 Diversity Programs in Engineering Undergraduate Excellence in Leadership Award.