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HOIST Program Participants Work in Lab


Native American high-school students work in plant and soil lab while participating in HOIST program

Idaho high-school students work in a plant and soil lab while participating in the HOIST (Helping Orient Indian Students and Teachers) program. National Science Foundation (NSF)/Idaho EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) target investigator Sanford Eigenbrode mentored HOIST participants in the lab.

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EPSCoR is an NSF program that establishes partnerships with leaders of state government, higher education and industry to effect lasting improvements in a state's research infrastructure and its national research and development competitiveness.

HOIST, one of several Native American education outreach projects sponsored by Idaho EPSCoR, is designed to spark student interest in science and technology by engaging them and their teachers in hands-on, "real-life" science. Students are encouraged to complete their high-school education and enter some form of postsecondary education. Both of the students pictured here are members of the Nez Perce Tribe at Lapwai, Idaho, and both went on to complete three years at Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston. [This work was supported by National Science Foundation grant OSR 94-50567.]

Credit: Idaho EPSCoR

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