Queen’s receives funding for Aboriginal Access to Engineering Program

July 3, 2013

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has committed $90,000 over 3 years to Queen’s University’s Aboriginal Access to Engineering Program, as part of NSERC’s PromoScience initiative. The program is designed to support undergraduate Aboriginal students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science through culturally relevant services. The grant will facilitate a new outreach aspect of the program meant to introduce and engage Aboriginal youth in engineering and related fields. Queen’s students will travel to cultural festivals across Ontario and Quebec and set up interactive displays that youth can engage in. The displays and connected activities teach engineering within an Aboriginal context, what program director Melanie Howard calls “ancestral engineering.” Queen’s News | NSERC News Release