Brook  M Thompson

Native American Scholar 



     My name is Brook Thompson. I am a Yurok and Karuk Native American from Northern California. Currently I am a senior Civil Engineering student at Portland State University's Honor College. Diversity, health, and sustainability are main interests of mine. I plan to become a leader in the Yurok Tribe and in the nation through my understanding of engineering and politics.

     I am a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholar, American Indian Graduate Center's 2017 Undergraduate Student of the Year, Beat the Odds scholarship and, a Jim Thorpe Spirit Award recipient (see more in the Classes & Conferences Page).  Currently, I am a the Region 1 Representative for the American Indian Society of Science and Engineering (AISES)

     I have spent half a year at the University of Auckland New Zealand in 2015 taking classes in the Maori World View, sociology, and advertising. While I was there, I also looked into green roof development. I took a class from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in business and entrepreneurship through the Horatio Alger scholarship in 2017. In 2018 I spent a half a year in Washington D.C. attending the George Washington University studying political science through the Native American Political Leadership Program while I interned for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Minority Staff. In 2018 I attended Semester at Sea through Colorado State University where I took ecology and political science classes on a converted cruse ship while I visited Germany, Spain, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, China, and Japan. Now, I am finishing my last term at Portland State.

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Bill Nye - Science Educator, Former Mechanical Engineer