Immersive, Interdisciplinary, Identity-based Team Science Experiences.

Co-producing research in a transformative and respectful way is a key component of ESSA scholarship. Team science and collaboration skills vital for the transdisciplinary science of tomorrow can be developed through involvement in our IIITSE program.

What are IIITSEs?

A new program through Earth Systems Science for the Anthropocene (ESSA) at Arizona State University supports cohorts of Indigenous and Latinx-identifying graduate students on team science experiences that center diverse knowledge systems and solutions-oriented goals using just and equitable research approaches.

To facilitate community-based experiences within graduate training and to provide culturally affirming team science research experiences:

  • The IIITSEs will support up to 32 scholars in four cohorts (each year, 2022–2026) with summer stipends.
  • Faculty who engage may be eligible for summer salary. In addition, we aim to converse with their units to consider IIITSEs as a part of their teaching load.
  • Research Assistants (1 per cohort) may be available to support IIITSE faculty.
  • IIITSE scholars will join the ESSA cohort initiated during the ESSA Annual Symposium held every fall semester
  • Each IIITSE scholar will engage in reflexive documentation and dynamic mentoring to develop an Individual Development Pathways (IDP).
  • IIITSE projects coordinated on or near Tribal nation territories will use existing relationships and consultations within communities and Tribal nations to develop a list of potential research advisors and community members who want to co-produce knowledge and engage with research approaches. Stipends will be provided.

Program Goals and Outcomes:

  • Promote racial equity in STEM
  • Contribute to removing systemic barriers at the institutional level
  • Coproduce knowledge with Tribal nations and/or community members
  • Increase Indigenous and Latinx student attraction and retention in STEM graduate programs or STEM-oriented disciplines

Application materials will be available in spring 2023 but please contact us if you’re an interested scholar (students or faculty).

Funding for the IIITSEs is provided through the National Science Foundation’s Racial Equity in STEM program. Indigenous and/or Latinx identifying scholars (current or future graduate students) will be prioritized.