UA/SIGP Guest Speakers

The University of Arizona/Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (UA/SIGP) scholarship program has partnered with the Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty (Indige-FEWSS) program since Fall 2019 to present the Native Voices in STEM speaker series and the Sloan Alumni Lunch Series.  View recorded presentations at the Indige-FEWSS Video Library at: Indige-FEWSS Native Voices in STEM | Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes) (

November 22, 2019

Perry H. Charley (Navajo), Dine College
Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workshops

November 15, 2019
Marisa Elena Duarte (Pascua Yaqui), Ph.D.
Extending an Indigenous Internet: Planning for Place-Based Digital Literacies and the Spectrum of Connectivity
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Justice Social Inquiry at the School of Social Transformation 

November 7, 2019
Carrie Joseph (Hopi), Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, UA Center for Indigenous and Environmental Health Research

October 22, 2019
Otakuye Conroy-Ben (Oglala Lakota), Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Build Environment

September 3, 2019
Len Necefer (Navajo), Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UA American Indian Studies and 
Udall Center for Public Policy

2018-2019 Acadmic Year Speakers

September 27, 2018
Sweeney Windchief (Fort Peck Assiniboine Tribe), Ph.D. & Jeremy Garcia (Hopi), Ph.D.
Mentoring Native Students Module Presentation

2017 - 2018 AY Campus & Community Guest Speakers

February 22, 2017
Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), Ph.D.
Ecologist & Author of "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wiscom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants"

November 30, 2016
Keith James (Onondaga), Ph.D.
Converging Indigenous Community Capacity Building with STEM Education, Scholarship, & Practice
Director of Tribal Initiatives in the Government & Community Relations
University of Arizona

November 2, 2016
Te Kipa Kepa Brian Morgan (Maori), Ph.D.
There is a place for TEK in Engineering
Senior Lecturer
University of Auckland, New Zealand

February 15, 2016
Margaret Hiza Redsteer (Crow), Ph.D.
Climate Change Investigations on the Navajo Nation, Northeastern Arizona
Research Scientist, USGS Flastaff Science Center

February 8, 2016
Lupita Montoya, Ph.D.
Indoor Air Pollution in Developing Communities: Chile and the Navajo Nation as Case Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
The University of Colorado, Boulder

November 20, 2014
Joseph Brewer (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and Oglala Lakota), Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program
The University of Kansas

March 15, 2013

Jani Ingram (Navajo), Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Northern Arizona University

December 4, 2012

Karletta Chief (Navajo), Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Assistant Specialist
Soil, Water and Environmental Science
University of Arizona

March 6, 2012

Jennie Joe (Navajo), Ph.D.

Retired-Professor, Family and Community Medicine

February 27, 2012

Sweeney Windchief (Wadopana, Wotijaga, Oyade), Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Adult and Higher Education
Montana State University

February 15, 2012

Tim McCoy (Miami), Ph.D.

Department Chair; Geologist
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

September 28, 2011

Ron Trosper (Salish, Kootenai), Ph.D.

American Indian Studies Program
The University of Arizona

March 3, 2011

Clifford Poodry (Seneca), Ph.D.

Division of Minority Opportunities in Research
National Institute of Health (NIH)

February 17, 2011

David Wilson (Navajo), Ph.D.

Director of Native American Initiatives
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

February 18, 2010

K. Tsianina Lomawaima (Creek), Ph.D.

Justice and Social inquiry, and Distinguished Scholar in Indigenous Education, Center for Indian Education
Arizona State University

April 7, 2009

Special Guest in attendance at UA/Sloan Colloquium

Kenneth Ridgway, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Department Head
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Purdue University

February 18, 2009

Jeffrey Silvertooth, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Head
The University of Arizona Department of Plant Sciences

November 18, 2008

Stan Atcitty (Navajo), Ph.D.

Electrical Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories

March 25, 2008

Maria Teresa Velez, Ph.D.

Associate Dean
The University of Arizona Graduate College
SAPAI Grant Presentation

November 13, 2007

Jani Ingram (Navajo), Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Northern Arizona University

February 20, 2007

Rene Corrales (Opata & Cherokee), Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Associate Professor of Chemistry
The University of Arizona

February 9, 2006

Robert K. Whitman (Navajo), Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering
Denver University

October 17, 2006

Chris Cornelius (Oneida), Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Chemical, Materials & Biomolecular Engineering Department
University of Connecticut
February 10, 2005

Clifford Poodry (Seneca), Ph.D.

National Institute of Health
Division of Minority Opportunities in Research

January 20, 2005

Gilbert John (Navajo), Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Engineering
Oklahoma State University