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The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines. Through a variety of educational programs, AISES offers financial, academic and cultural support to American Indians and Alaska Natives from middle school through graduate school. AISES chapters are on many campuses

The 10-week summer internship program provides qualified AISES students with opportunities to explore careers in such federal agencies as the National Science Foundation and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The American Association of Public Health Dentistry provides helpful information about the important field of public health dentistry. See also Public Health on this website.

Go to the “Public” section of the American Dental Association (ADA) home page and select “Careers in Dentistry. The careers section includes reasons for choosing a career in dentistry, a “day in the life” of a dentist


The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is a national organization that sees itself as a gateway to dental education. It is a helpful resource for pre-dental students, students in dental education programs, counselors, advisors, admissions officers, and dental educators. Its website links to all of the U.S. dental schools and clinical training programs. There is information about scholarships and awards.


American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is a national, student-run organization that provides services and advocacy for students exploring and pursuing careers in dentistry.

Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health: Student Chapter
A resource for prospective dental students prepared by the student chapter of ASDOH, especially the students featured on this website:
Gwen Werner, DezBaa Damon and Nikki Gore. is a multi-disciplinary website that provides career information on a broad array of health professions. The website is a joint initiative involving national foundations, professional associations, health career advisors, educational institutions and college students. The website addresses the under-representation of minorities in the workforce and the lack of health professionals in medically underserved communities.


The website of the IHS Division of Oral Health provides information about career paths, recruitment events, externships, the loan repayment program and more. Scholarship information is at the IHS Scholarship page.


Lifeworks: Explore Health and Medical Science Careers, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education, includes descriptions of over 100 careers. For each career there is information about education, income, job outlook and needed skills and abilities. One or more interviews with a health professional are featured.


The National Dental Association is dedicated to increasing access to care for the underserved. They are involved in recruiting underrepresented minorities into dentistry and improving the educational opportunities of minorities who are underrepresented in the oral health field. Their website provides descriptions of dental education and dental specialties as well as links to dental schools


Research and Training Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health include a wealth of NIH summer internships, scholarship programs and other opportunities for students in (1) high school; (2) college/university; (3) post-baccalaureate; (4) graduate school; and (5) medical/dental school.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the Federal Government's primary agency for the support of medical and behavioral research. Within its 27 institutes and centers, the NIH employs approximately 14,800 people, including 900 tenured faculty and nearly 3,000 postdoctoral fellows with either medical, dental, or graduate degrees.
Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID)
An resource for prospective students as well as current dental students. The SAID website provides helpful links.


The website of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is good source of information for students interested in careers in the biomedical and other sciences. SACNAS’ mission is to encourage Native American and Chicano/Latino students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for careers in scientific research and teaching. For more than 30 years SACNAS has taken a leadership role in expanding and enhancing opportunities for minorities in academia and the scientific workforce.


The mission of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) includes the advancement of minority students in dentistry. It does this through a newsletter, through links with other national dental groups, and by assisting minority dental students financially.


The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program free summer academic enrichment program offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation at one of 12 universities.


The “Dentist” section of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website includes the nature of the work, needed training, employment, job outlook, projects, earnings, and wages.

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Winds of Change is an American Indian-published magazine focusing on careers and educational advancement for Native people. The magazine is published quarterly by AISES Publishing Inc. In addition, the Annual College Guide for American Indians & Native Alaskans/Hawaiians is published yearly.