CORVALLIS - Five members of Oregon State University's chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society earned honors at the society's 16th annual national convention in Salt Lake City.

More than 2,000 American Indian and Alaskan native students from across the nation and Canada attended the convention, which focused on "Wisdom of the Sacred Circle: Learning, Living and Giving Back."

Honorees include: Corvallis residents, Timothy Bowman, an OSU doctoral candidate in education, who received the society's $2,000 A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship; Lloyd Mitchell, an OSU master's candidate in health and human performance, and Daniel Oros, master's candidate in oceanic and atmospheric sciences.

Mitchell participated in a first-place panel discussion on "Organizing to Protect and Restore the Environment," focusing on hazardous and toxic wastes and Oros captured a second-place in the poster competition for a work depicting fuel residues in surface waters.

Salem resident RedWolf (cq) Pope, a sophomore in environmental science, earned top honors for his oral presentation detailing a minimum input hydroponic growing system.

Portland resident Tobie Wright (97211), a sophomore in science, received an honorable mention for a presentation on annual and seasonal populations and distributions of reptiles and amphibians.

A private, non-profit corporation, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society seeks to increase the number of American Indian scientists and engineers. At the collegiate level, the OSU group provides peer support and develops leadership skills in the Indian community, members said.

Scholarships are funded by organizations across the country, including the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. The awards are based on scholastic ability, service to the Indian community and knowledge of Indian culture.

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