M.P.H. Alumna Working at INBRE
I’m originally from Standing Rock (Ft. Yates), North Dakota and I’m also from White Earth (Ponsford), Minnesota. I moved to Minnesota when I was 6 and grew up in the Leech Lake/Bemidji area. Throughout my education, I became heavily involved with a national non-profit organization American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). This organization inspired me to be a leader and to continue developing my leadership skills. Through my involvement as an active College Chapter member and former Region V Student Representative, I found a passion for American Indian student recruitment and retention in higher education. My involvement with AISES and coursework from my M.P.H. compliment my position well.
I’m the INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) Project Manager at NDSU. A majority of the work I do is with Tribal College engagement in assisting with the expansion of research capacity at Tribal Colleges. There are a few big, long-term projects we are working on now that include research training modules, a tribal air quality pilot project, and a summer research experience for tribal college students. Having an M.P.H. background in health management and policy allows me to blend public health and science in working on the tribal air quality pilot project and other sub projects. The position has challenges and setbacks as it is a newly created position this past year. What is most rewarding is working with and for tribal college students, they are truly inspiring.
--Submitted by Pearl Walker, '14--