ANSEP was started in 1995 with one student. Since 1995 our university has graduated more than 400 Alaska Native scientists and engineers. Nearly 300 bachelor degree-seeking students participate annually at University of Alaska campuses.

Our ANSEP University Success component is an academic learning community composed of students, faculty, staff, and external partners who are focused on the academic success as well as the personal and professional development of each student. Students are co-enrolled in classes, participate in organized study groups, have opportunities for peer and professional mentoring, do undergraduate research projects, work summer internships, and participate in planned group social activities. ANSEP students understand the importance of community and teamwork, working together to be successful.

ANSEP is supported in part by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP).  LSAMP is the  University Success portion of ANSEP.

ANSEP  supports students pursuing bachelor's degrees in UAA College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) programs.


Our goal is for each ANSEP University Success student to:

  • Be effective at working in teams and understand the importance of a supportive community/study group
  • Earn the money they need for college through internships
  • Earn scholarship support
  • Develop a network of peer mentors
  • Develop a network of professional mentors
  • Complete a research project as an undergraduate
  • Develop leadership skills by making presentations to students and professionals describing their summer internships and research projects
  • Develop leadership skills by leading recitation sessions and mentoring other students
  • Graduate with a B.S. in a STEM discipline; or BBA or BA in a UAA College of Business degree program 

How it Works

In the ANSEP University Success component, students are teamed in an academic community where students supported by peers and professionals, work together for success. Many students live and study together on campus. Building a supportive peer group is a big part of why we are successful. 

  • ANSEP University Success students benefit from the following:

    Students are teamed in an academic community and, supported by peers and professionals, work together for success. Many students live and study together on campus. Others come to organized study groups. Building a supportive peer group is a big part of why we are successful.

    Scholarships. Merit based scholarships are provided by many of our industrial partners. Scholarships play an important role in retention as many of our students would not be able to overcome the financial hurdle presented by educational costs without them. We are building an endowment so that the scholarship component will live in perpetuity. ANSEP Alumni have an Alumni dinner each December where they raise scholarship funds for the undergraduates.

    Housing. ANSEP students have the option to live together in the residence halls in the ANSEP residential learning community. ANSEP students are encouraged to live and study together for success.

    Co-Enrollment. Students are co-enrolled in math and science classes so there is always another ANSEP student with whom to attend classes and study. 

    Peer Study Groups. Recitation sessions are designed to strengthen skills in the gateway courses like calculus, chemistry, computer programming, and physics. Junior, senior, and graduate students who have previously completed the course with a grade of ‘B’ or better lead the sessions. Students meet weekly, and are required to get up and solve problems on the board and explain what they are doing to the other students in the session. We have found this to be a very effective learning tool.

    Skill Building Seminars. Students are required to attend weekly team building meetings. These provide an opportunity for students to learn skills necessary for academic and professional success. ANSEP staff, other students, faculty, and professionals from our partner organizations come each week. We talk about success. Professionals from the community come to meet the students, make presentations, and explain jobs and opportunities available in engineering and science. ANSEP students make presentations on their research projects and internships so that others can see the array of career options. These meetings are an opportunity for us to see the students each week and to identify and mitigate problems before they jeopardize the student’s academic success. We work to keep these sessions very informal and relaxed. We share pizza, bar-b-q, and native foods. The sessions are a powerful networking opportunity for the students with professionals, faculty, staff, and the other students.

    Learning Center. In October 2006 ANSEP moved into a new 13,000 square foot building with a Tlingit dugout canoe design. The ANSEP Building is the center for ANSEP University Success efforts including academic recitations, peer study groups, career awareness and skill building, peer mentoring, Alaska Native-focused events and activities and other academic and support services.

    Academic Advising. Advising sessions with faculty and professional advisors are available to all ANSEP students and are required at least twice each semester for first and second year students. We also have peer advisors available in our building. 

    Summer Academic Enrichment. All students are required to work in their field of study in paid summer internships or research projects. These applied learning opportunities provide for growth and professional development and provide the cash students need to attend the university.

    Tutoring. Peer tutors are available all day every day in our building.

    Research Experiences Local. Undergraduate research opportunities are provided for the students through our graduate schools, industrial partner organizations federal agencies, and state agencies. Our Alliance has active partnerships with approximately 70 organizations that provide cash, research/internship opportunities, and advocacy for our work. A list of partner organizations can be found at http://www.ansep.net/about/partners. We work to connect each of our students with undergraduate research opportunities, and foster mentoring relationships with current PhD candidates and research faculty. Every ANSEP student is required to work on a research project/internship in their field each summer to stay in good standing with the program and remain stipend eligible. We work locally with the University of Alaska National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Health (NIH) grantees to incorporate undergraduate research funding in their work. Nationally we encourage our students to consult the directory of active REU Sites on the web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm and apply directly to the REU sites. The ANSEP alumni graduate students working on the various research projects make presentations at the weekly undergraduate team building meetings.

    Research Experiences International. ANSEP undergraduates have traveled to Chengdu China, Greenland, and Denmark.

    Peer mentoring. Peer mentoring is incorporated in every component of our model including study groups, co-enrollment in classes, skill building seminars at the weekly meetings, research experiences where students are teamed, tutoring, peer advising, internships where students are teamed, and others.

    Professional Mentoring. ANSEP students are mentored by professionals during their research experiences, summer internships, at the weekly meetings, and by our professional staff of ANSEP alumni.

    Conferences. Students travel with faculty to national and international conferences and sometimes present their research findings. We annually send a contingent of students to the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) national conference.

    Internships. Summer internships are required in order for students to earn money for school, clarify their vision of a career in science or engineering, expand their professional network, and be exposed to additional mentoring opportunities. Internships are productive for the employer and educational for the student.

    Career Awareness. Students are provided with opportunities to increase their career awareness through internships, research projects, weekly meetings, professional mentoring, peer mentoring, advising sessions, and conferences.

    GRE Test Preparation. We connect students and provide funding for private tutoring, small group instruction, local courses, and online courses.

    Graduate School Admissions Support. We provide financial, mentoring, and test preparation support for every ANSEP student who is interested in graduate school. Most students visit schools they are interested in attending.

    Student Activities. Planned activities deepen the bond that is so important to student success. This includes activities like hiking, bowling, overnight camping trips, movies, rock climbing, and other activities the students choose. AISES or other professional society membership is required of all students to help them develop a network beyond the university.


Who can Join

The ANSEP University Success component is a learning community at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Fairbanks (UAF) and Juneau (UAS) campuses.

Requirements to become an ANSEP University Success student in good standing:

  • Students must be accepted to the University of Alaska within an approved 4-year science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree program or UAA's College of Business and Public Policy 4-year degree program.
  • Students must make full-time academic progress towards their approved 4-year degree (12 credit hours per semester with a C or higher in each course, while maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher for at least two consecutive semesters).
  • Students must attend all weekly ANSEP meetings.
  • Students must attend weekly ANSEP recitation/group study sessions.
  • Students must become a student member in a professional society.
  • It is our recommendation for ANSEP students to not participate in summer internships in 2020 that may risk their health due to COVID-19. University students do not need to complete an internship in 2020 in order to stay in good standing with ANSEP. Scholarships during the 2020-2021 academic years will not be compromised by not completing an internship. ANSEP is committed to the safety of our students, their families and their communities and this will remain our top priority. 

Contact Info

University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA): 

Mikayla Savikko
ANSEP University Success Manager
ANSEP Building – Office #105
Phone: (907) 786-1158

Michael Bourdukofsky
Director, ANSEP Business
Rasmuson Hall, Office # 205A
Phone: (907) 786-6362


University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF): 

Robin Weinant
UAF ANSEP Administrative Assistant
Duckering Building - Office #465
Phone: (907) 474-7610

University of Alaska Southeast (UAS):


Mikayla Savikko
ANSEP University Success Manager
ANSEP Building – Office #105
Phone: (907) 786-1158




Founding Partners

ANSEP University Success is supported in part through the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)