Creating Native Scientists: Pipeline Efforts Steer Elementary School Students Into Medicine

In Minnesota, nearly 40% of Native American fifth graders did not meet state science standards in 2016, compared with 9.5% of white fifth-graders, according to state data. Determined to help more Native students understand science, Dr. Anna Wirta-Kosobuski, an assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences on the Duluth Campus, created a science program for K–6 schools at two reservations where students previously had insufficient science instruction and few opportunities for enrichment.

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