The distinct smell of frybread was evident near Centennial Library Thursday afternoon, as UNM American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) held an Indian taco fundraiser. The group is using the proceeds to send 20 members of the society to the 2013 AISES National Conference in Denver from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Electrical engineering senior and AISES Co-President Tara Dennison said the conference is important for students’ careers.

“The national conference is where members can meet and network with engineering companies, exposing them to new opportunities,” she said.

The UNM AISES student chapter has been around for about 30 years “to promote the common mission to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines,” according to the chapter’s website.

Dennison said AISES is open to anyone that wants to join.

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Jessica Benally pats frybread dough to extend it to the size of an Indian taco before it is placed into the fryer.
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Ricqual Plummer places frybread dough into the fryer to be cooked.

“All ethnicities and fields of study are welcomed,” she said.
AISES holds several Indian taco fundraisers throughout the year, so let the smell of frybread lead the way next time you are on campus.