NSF EPSCoR Native STEM Education Summit

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Montana NSF EPSCoR is hosting a post-conference workshop to further explore STEM education in Indigenous communities. Dr. Aaron Thomas, director of Indigenous Research and STEM Education at the University of Montana, will lead the workshop, to be held in Kalispell, Montana, September 28 - 29, 2018.


NSF EPSCoR staff, K-12 educators, Tribal College Faculty, and Higher Education Faculty from select jurisdictions will come together to discuss challenges, present best practices, and co-create potential solutions in engaging Indigenous students in STEM disciplines and preparing them to enter the STEM workforce.  We will work to create pathways in collectively impacting the broader participation challenge of Indigenous STEM education and seek ways to involve ourselves in the National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES initiative.  Let us continue our conversation around these issues and strengthen our relationships within Indian Country.

Workshop Agenda and Schedule

Thursday 9/27 – 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Welcome Reception (optional) at Montana Modern Fine Art in downtown Kalispell

Friday 9/28 –  8:30 am – 4:30 pm – Workshop Day 1 at the Red Lion Hotel

Saturday 9/29 – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm – workshop Day 2 at the Red Lion Hotel

Saturday afternoon 9/29 - Optional: Continuing the Conversation. Montana NSF EPSCoR is coordinating working groups for attendees who are staying in the Kalispell area for the evening.

A Tentative Agenda is available for download at the bottom of the page.

Location and Travel

The workshop will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell, Montana. All attendees will be provided lodging. To make lodging arrangements please contact Kristina Sager Simensen (Kristina.sager@mso.umt.edu).

Recommended airport: Glacier Park International Airport (FCA). There is a complimentary shuttle from the Hotel to the airport. Let us know your arrival and departure times so we can assure that a shuttle is available for you.

Guidelines for Reimbursement

Participant support will be provided by way of reimbursement after the workshop has concluded. Reimbursements are typically set up to be paid to institutions, however if institutional channels are unavailable, is possible to reimburse individuals

To initiate the reimbursement process, please provide the following to Kristina Sager Simensen (kristina.sager@mso.umt.edu).

  • W9 form for the institution or individual who will receive reimbursement. (Note that if we have your W9 on file from the 25th NSF EPSCoR National Conference, you do not need to re-send it).
  • Participant Support Reimbursement Form for each institution or individual who will receive reimbursement. This form can include information for more than one person, all of whom are associated with one institution. For example, if three people from the same University are requesting reimbursement, information for all three of them can be listed on one reimbursement form.
  • Receipts for ALL eligible expenses included in the Participant Support Reimbursement Form. Eligible expenses include:
    • Airfare 
    • Baggage fees
    • Mileage (this can be from home to airport or from home to Kalispell); to receive mileage reimbursement please provide a pdf of a mapquest or google maps route with point of departure and arrival, including total mileage.
    • Ground Transportation (taxi, uber, lyft)
    • Per Diem (we need the date and time of departure)
  • Please note that lodging expenses will be paid for directly by Montana NSF EPSCoR and are therefore not eligible for reimbursement.


For questions, please contact the Montana NSF ESPCoR Office:

Kristina Sager Simensen: Kristina.sager@mso.umt.edu

Chelle Terwilliger: Michelle.terwilliger@mso.umt.edu