STEM Stories: Recognizing iconic women in STEM during Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and ANSEP proudly supports the women in STEM who are breaking down barriers and achieving success. Women in STEM According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women represent half of the U.S. college-educated workforce but only 29 percent of the STEM workforce. Perhaps even more staggering, only 15 percent of all […]

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ANSEP’s Janelle Anausuk Sharp Studies Arctic Sinkholes

Janelle Anausuk Sharp, ANSEP Regional Director for the Anchorage Acceleration Academy, and a team of scientists researched a large lake in Alaska that is bubbling with methane! PBS’s Nova television science series “Arctic Sinkholes” followed them this summer as they worked to understand where these bubbles are coming from and how much gas is being released.  As the Arctic […]

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Engineering professor fosters university community for Alaska Native students: ‘It’s full circle’

Michele Yatchmeneff knew she wanted to be an engineer from the time she was a teenager. Yatchmeneff grew up in False Pass and King Cove, in the eastern Aleutians. She was raised in an Unangax̂ household, living a subsistence lifestyle. Right after high school, she enrolled in engineering classes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks […]

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Kotzebue’s Ayiana Browning discusses her Park Service internship with ANSEP’s Summer Bridge program

This summer, 25 students from across the state participated of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program’s Summer Bridge program. The program places ANSEP students in a ten-week paid engineering, science or business internship, giving them the chance to gain work experience and network with other STEM professionals.  One of the students chosen this year […]

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski met with ANSEP Students and Alumni

ANSEP Students and Alumni met U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski to learn about Alaska’s future workforce and how investments, research and development funding will bring jobs and help build a clean energy future! Their visit consisted of two days in Alaska traveling to showcase what Granholm’s office calls the […]

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Alaska Airlines and Boeing host Aviation Day for ANSEP Students and Families

On August 13th, ANSEP students and their families attended ANSEP Aviation Day and toured the Boeing 737-9 ecoDemonstrator at the Alaska Airlines hangar. They were able to learn from experts in the field of science, engineering and aviation about how the ecoDemonstrator accelerates innovation by improving maintenance efficiency, enhancing safety, reducing waste and informing climate […]

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ANSEP Student Michael Martinez’s Arctic Biotech Oath wins High North Young Entrepreneurs

A huge congratulations to ANSEP student Michael Martinez’s biotech startup company, Arctic Biotech Oath, for winning first place at the international High North Dialogue, High North Young Entrepreneur business competition! Arctic Biotech Oath provides green bio-mining extraction and recovery of rare earth elements in the circumpolar northern countries, in contrast to traditional methods that largely […]

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Can Alaska innovate its way out of education challenges?

Every school system wants to see its students succeed. So when Alaska educators see the state rank low in math and reading proficiency, or learn that a high proportion of Alaska high school graduates require remedial coursework in college, it stings. It’s a “many-faceted quagmire,” said Deputy Commissioner of Education and Early Development Karen Melin, but it’s not insurmountable. […]

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