Science Academy

Saturday Science Academy

This program is a hands-on, interactive series of one-day experiential learning activities for Native American students in 9th-12th grade.  The SSA curriculum focuses on Native American culture and the sciences, where students explore topics in fields of science, technology, engineering and math.  Since the start of SSA in Feb. 2011, 268 students have engaged in 22 events with activities investigating topics such as Physics and Rocket Science, Wetland Restoration and the Salmon Life Cycle, Astronomy and Native Starlore, Ethnobotany and Plants of the Pacific Northwest, Geology of the Pacific Northwest,  Intertidal Marine Biology and Service-learning in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie  National Forest.   Each event entails periods of lecture, field exploration, and cultural experience.  For example, on the day youth explored the topic of ethno botany: students were taught traditional ways of using plants as medicine, food, and shelter by a native traditional plants expert, then given a guided hike through a local state park to examine these plants in the field, and finished with the making of a traditional herbal tea from collected and dried plants.

Blog Link:

Summer Science Camp

This is a two-week program for science-minded, Native American high school teens to experience intimate on-campus life, integrated science exploration and the development of cultural identity.  This year will be the 3rd Annual Summer Science Camp and students will engage in activities such as DNA Disease Outbreak Investigation at the Children’s Research Institute, Night Hike and Bonfire Storytelling in the North Cascades National Park, Marine Research & Whale Cruise through the San Juan Islands, Tour of the Boeing Corp. Airplane Manufacturing Plant, Low Ropes Challenge Course, Lummi Canoe Journey Landing Ceremony, Listen to the Unungax Tribal Song & Dance Group, Learn Archery with a former Olympic Coach, and so much more.  Camp participants will join Native American youth from around the country to experience on-campus dormitory living, converse with current college students and faculty, and learn about college enrollment, admission and financial aid.  Moreover, students will work in college lab facilities to conduct real-time research work.  Students will develop, test and analyze their own working research project and present the outcomes of their work in a showcase at the end of camp.

Blog Link:

We Embrace the Sciences

Work Opportunities for Current Northwest Indian College Students

JOB TITLE:  BSNES Student Mentor

SALARY/WAGES:  $12.00/hour

WORK SCHEDULE:  Part-Time = 8 hours/week minimum


BSNES Mentors will have emphasis on mentoring BSNES students, but mentors will also interact and mentor high school students that are part of the Saturday Science Academy (starting April 21st) and Summer Science Camp (July 16th-28th). Mentors will work with mentees in groups and individually; in out-of-class and in-class settings. This is a year by year position (September to August) with the opportunity to reapply at the end of summer quarter.


BSNES Academic Advisor


• Confidentiality between mentor and mentee

• Work cooperatively with other mentors and the supervisor

• Document mentor-mentee activities

• Participate in mandatory meetings organized by the supervisor

• Introduce mentee to NWIC and community resources

• Participate with mentee in opportunities to be involved in Native culture

• Explore professional and academic opportunities that may benefit mentees

• Participate with mentee in on-campus events, conferences, workshops and speakers

• Work with supervisor to support mentees’ goals

• Help mentee learn and understand both tracks of the BSNES program

• Maintain proper mentor-mentee boundaries

• Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.


• Indian Preference – except as provided by the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U. S. Code, Section 473) NWIC supports and provides equal opportunity employment and educational opportunities regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability or status as a special disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.

• 2nd, 3rd,or 4th year BSNES Student

• Must currently be enrolled and with at least a ¾ time credit load (9 credits)

• Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA

• First time mentors will enroll and attend the HMDV 112 course.

• Direct experience working with Native Americans or an ability to work with Native American people with an understanding of and sensitivity to the special educational needs and an appreciation for their culture.


Submit application at the Center for Student Success (Building 17) or email the advisors at


File Description