Summer Bridge

Supported in part through the National Science Foundation LSAMP


Building a strong foundation for academic and professional achievement

Our goal is for each Summer Bridge student to:

  • Develop a peer group
  • Earn the money they need for college
  • Boost their math skills
  • Meet mentors
  • Solidify their vision of a career in the sciences or engineering
  • Understand the importance of a supportive community/study group
  • Learn to navigate at the University
  • Connect with agencies and companies that may provide internships through graduation and beyond
  • Learn what it is like to work in a corporate office setting
  • Enroll in the ANSEP University Success Component
  • Graduate with a B.S. in a STEM discipline


Summer Bridge started with eight students in 1998 at BP. During summer 2011 there were 25 students at Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc., Bureau of Land Management (BLM), ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, NANA Dowl HKM, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UAA Department of Health Sciences/CAHDRE, United States of Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS), United States Forest Service (USFS), and United States Geological Survey (USGS).



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How the Summer Bridge component works

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Summer Bridge is aimed at recent high school graduates who will be attending the University of Alaska (UA) in the fall. The Summer Bridge was started at the University of Washington in the mid nineties as a way to mitigate some of the problems Indigenous students had due to poor math preparation as well as issues related to career awareness and transitioning to the University from rural communities. The University of Alaska adopted the Summer Bridge in 1998. The success of ANSEP Pre-College components has dramatically improved both the quality and the quantity of students applying for the Summer Bridge.

Anchorage Based Students:

For the first 5 weeks, these students spend 2 hours every morning from 8 am to 10 am in a college level math course that prepares them for University level math at UA.  Beginning the second week, the students' internships start and will begin after the math class, where the students work the remainder of the day on with engineers and scientists within our partner organizations. They come back to ANSEP for dinner and work in teams on their homework.  The students also attend Friday morning field trips to different industry service companies and participate in lunchtime presentations which broaden their knowledge of the engineering, construction, and sciences. 


Field Based Students:

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The students spend week 1 through 5 completing a college level math course to ready them for UA math and doing safety training to ready them to work in the field.  The students then spend 4 weeks in the field doing a full-time internship with engineers or scientists.  Students come back to Anchorage for the end of the program celebration.   


On the weekends the students are in town they participate in fun team building activities such as rock climbing, hiking, go carting, and movies.  At the end of the summer the students present their project results to supervisors, mentors, and the other team members. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded scholarship support. The pace of the summer is tough, but students enjoy it and rise to the challenge year after year.

College Math Course Placement

Acceptance into the ANSEP Summer Bridge is determined by placement into one of the college level math courses available. Students who are taking college level math classes for the first time must demonstrate their math level through standardized test scores. Math class placement is determined by the following chart:

  NOTE :  We will NOT be offering MATH 054, 055 or 060 during the Summer Bridge.

The Math Accuplacer test can be taking at one of the University of Alaska's campus testing centers, or remotely through the University of Alaska Anchorage's (UAA) Testing Center. Go to the UAA Advising and Testing Center website for more info on how to take the Accuplacer test. ( REMINDER : We only need your " Math " Accuplacer test results.)

Application Process

Application Deadline: Friday, February 6th, 2015

Applications can be completed online (click "APPLY NOW" link below) or sent by mail, email or fax. To be considered for a Summer Bridge position, you MUST submit a COMPLETE application. The following items are required:

  • Complete application
  • Most recent high school transcripts
  • Current ACT or SAT Scores-if you do not take either of these tests in the past 3-4 months, please sign up to take the Accuplacer at: (
  • Current Résumé
  • 500 word (or less) essay explaining "How do you plan to contribute to the future of Alaska?"
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from teachers or counselors
  • If applicable, proof of Alaska Native Heritage (BIA or Tribal Enrollment Card)


Download the Summer Bridge Application here:

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Go to our Media Gallery to see our Summer Bridge commercial and video!


Michael Bourdukofsky
3211 Providence Drive, ANSEP 200D1
Anchorage, AK 99508-4614

Phone: (907) 786-6362 Fax: (907) 786-1899