Research, STEM Education, & Native American Programs in Montana

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Oscillating electroosmotic flows in microchannels can be used as a separating mechanism for biological species. This MEMS related work specifically studies the separation of different sized DNA on the microscale as a pre-cursor to lab on a chip systems. In addition to this research, Dr. Thomas will present programs and activities that enable Native American students to obtain their STEM degrees. This involves working with middle school through graduate students at the 4 year institutions, Tribal colleges, and K-12 schools in Montana.

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Dr. Aaron Thomas is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Montana. He is also the director of Indigenous Research and STEM Education which is dedicated to the advancement of Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nation students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academic disciplines and professions. Dr. Thomas is Diné, originally from Albuquerque, NM.