NSF blog features conversation with Darren Ranco and tish carr about WaYS program

Credit: Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES Network recently featured a conversation with Darren Ranco, tish carr and John Neptune about the Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) program at UMaine.

Darren is chair of Native American Programs, and an associate professor in anthropology and at the Mitchell Center. tish is program manager for WaYS and collaborates with Darren on the Mitchell Center project, “Pathways and Barriers to Weaving Indigenous Science with Western Science.”

The WaYS program facilitates Wabanaki student engagement in STEM fields, especially environmental science, through culture and heritage. The program, which began in 2012, has evolved into a collaboration between UMaine, the U.S. Forest Service, Wabanaki tribes and Native American high school students across the state.