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2005 College Student Interns

Photograph of four women sitting on a bench outside a stone building.

Pictured left to right at Hopi Old Oraibi Village: Tanya Martinez, Deborah Tewa, Sandra Begay-Campbell, and Jennifer Coots.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's 2005 college student interns, including their educational backgrounds, research papers, photo, and a testimonial.

Jennifer Coots (Navajo)

Degree: M.B.A. Finance, University of New Mexico. Her research focused on tribal mortgage financing of renewable energy systems.

Tanya Martinez (Mi'kmaq)

She was a power engineering graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Degree: B.S. Electrical Engineering

Research paper: Remote Monitoring System Design: Sustainable Systems for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Deborah Tewa (Hopi)

Degree: B.S. Indigenous Studies, Northern Arizona University

Research paper: NativeSUN: A Model for Sustainable Solar Electric Systems on Indian Lands. Also see the Sandia National Laboratories press release about her work.

Intern Testimonial

"I am currently a graduate student pursuing a degree in Energy Engineering with a solar option ... This particular project has given me the opportunity to become more familiar with communications infrastructures and how they can be tied to remote PV applications. It provided an interesting research topic because of its cutting edge nature. I had the opportunity to visit numerous PV sites within the Navajo, Hualapai, Hopi, and Cahuilla Nation ... Not only did I increase my technical capacity for PV, but I have witnessed some facets of Tribal and federal government relations from the government side. It is important to continue to build and maintain good relationships between the federal government and Tribal Nations while remaining aware of cultural values. Tribal Nations do have unique cultures that must be considered for any government project and it increases the success of the project when that awareness is there." — Tanya Martinez, 2005