Michaela Seiber ’13/MPH ’16 was named one of the Bush Foundation’s 2019 Bush Fellows, who are thinking big about how to invest in their leadership to creatively solve problems in their communities. The 24 Bush Fellows hail from communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. Seiber, now a senior clinical research specialist at Sanford Research, spoke on campus during the Indigenous Research Summit. She and Simone Bordeaux presented "Research Ethics with Tribal Nations," relating their experiences becoming trainers with the Research Ethics Training for Health in Indigenous Communities curriculum.
The Bush Fellowship provides these individuals with up to $100,000 over 12 to 24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills and attributes. The fellowship is distinctive in its flexibility, allowing fellows to articulate what they need to become more effective and agile leaders. Bush Fellows can use the funding to pursue advanced education, networking opportunities and leadership resources, workshops and trainings.
“The Bush Foundation believes the well-being of our region is directly impacted by investing in individual leaders,” said Bush Foundation Leadership Programs Director Anita Patel. “We look to these 24 fellows to help shape a better future for their communities.”
The 24 Bush Fellows were selected from 684 applicants through a multistage process involving Bush Fellowship alumni, Bush Foundation staff and established regional leaders. Applicants described their leadership vision and passion and how a Bush Fellowship would help them think bigger and become more effective leaders.