The only program of its kind in the California State University system, INRSEP has become a landmark for excellence. Its success is based upon a Native American specific strategy of recruitment, retention and career placement.

The Program

HSU’s Center for Academic Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provides academic and research support services to historically underrepresented students in the Sciences, in order to support their academic success and degree completion, as well as connect them with the resources and opportunities to meet their career and graduate school goals. The STEM Center for Academic Excellence includes the Indian Natural Resources, Science, and Engineering Program (INRSEP), oversees the grant-funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, provides support for the HSU chapter of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/ Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and supports other similarly purposed programs and campus initiatives. The Center is a key component of HSU’s many current initiatives to support retention and academic excellence, and is designed to provide academic and community-based support networks for underrepresented students in the Sciences that blend cultural, community and professional engagement with structured mentoring in order to support students in reaching their academic and career goals – through academic advising and holistic mentorship, by providing bridges to key campus resources, and by helping to foster student-faculty connections.

The Center for Academic Excellence in STEM was originally founded as the Native American Career Education in Natural Resources (NACENAR) program in 1972. Its mission was to locate and train American Indian students for professional resource management positions either within American Indian communities, or in federal, state and private resource management careers. In 1991, the mission and programming of NACENAR expanded and evolved into the Indian Natural Resources, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). Over the years, INRSEP expanded its recruitment to serve all underrepresented students pursuing degrees in the STEM disciplines, but the vision and methods of the student support program remained rooted in the integration of indigenous peoples’ traditional eco-logical knowledge with the Western mainstream approach to science. Because Humboldt State University is located in an area that is home to one of the highest concentrations of American Indian tribal communities in the country, the Center for Academic Excellence in STEM continues to foster indigenous ways of knowing in its approach to the mentorship and advising of students.

Our Mission

The Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program is seeking American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian students who are interested and dedicated to the ideals of serving Indigenous People through the sciences. Through interested participation at INRSEP, the student will be insured a working knowledge of contemporary Indian communities not otherwise taught. By offering professional and cultural opportunities, our intent is for the student to develop the tools and skills necessary to succeed in leadership roles within our families, community and workforce.

Our program philosophy is built on trust, mutual sharing and respect for others.