Education, Research and Training Model for Minority Students in Irrigated Agriculture

by Omnia El-Hakim, Fort Lewis Coll, Durango, United States,
Don R. May, Fort Lewis Coll, Durango, United States,
Timothy K. Gates, Fort Lewis Coll, Durango, United States,
Tulley Nakai, Fort Lewis Coll, Durango, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


Minorities are significantly underrepresented in science and engineering fields in the United States. To attract and retain capable minority students will require the development of programs which motivate, encourage and train them toward science and engineering. Projects which are designed to involve undergraduate students in hands on research activities under the guidance of practicing professionals can provide this type of nurturing and challenging environment. This paper outlines a program which serves primarily American Indian students. The technical research is carried out on a large irrigated agricultural farm owned and operated by the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Farm staff and university faculty provide research and academic guidance and mentorship to participants which include freshmen through graduate students.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Students | Irrigation | Irrigation water | Training | Agriculture | Colleges and universities | Irrigation engineering | United States | New Mexico

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