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2003 College Student Interns

Photograph of one woman and two men standing near the edge of a cliff with a desert vista behind them.

Pictured left to right at Navajo Monument Valley: Keith Candelaria, Velissa Sandoval, and Shaun Tsabetsaye.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's 2003 college student interns, including their educational backgrounds, research papers, photo, and a testimonial.

Keith Candelaria (San Felipe/Jemez)

Degree: B.S. Environmental/Earth Science, Dartmouth College

Research paper: Native American Renewable Energy Approaches: Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and NativeSun

Velissa Sandoval (Navajo/Zuni)

Degree: B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Denver

Research paper: Women Champions in Solar Energy

Shaun Tsabetsaye (Zuni)

Graduate student in electrical engineering, University of New Mexico

Degree: B.S. Electrical Engineering

Research paper: Navajo Tribal Utility Authority: Electrification Demonstration Program — Developing a Sustainable Tribal and Rural Cooperative Solar Program

Intern Testimonial

"On our field visit to the Navajo land, [Larry Ahasteen, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority] mentioned that people refer to renewable energy as free energy. However, Native Americans believe that the sun, wind, and geothermal waters are all gifts from the Creator. As people use these resources today, they should always remember to give thanks for all that is provided. Nothing is essentially free from this land." — Keith Candelaria, 2003