ANSEP hosts Acceleration Academy recruitment nights

The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program is now accepting applications to its full-time Acceleration Academy (Anchorage & Mat-Su) components. Current and rising ninth through 12th graders and their parents are invited to learn more about these innovative components at the recurring recruitment nights held on the second Tuesday of the month, beginning Tuesday, Jan. […]

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Students find a passion for STEM at ANSEP Middle School Academy

Many people who have successful STEM careers grew up with the mindset of wondering not if but where they would attend college. That’s not the case for many students in Alaska, though. It is even less likely that this is the case for those from rural communities, where residents often lack exposure to higher education. […]

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Austin and Kyah – Accelerating our futures with ANSEP

Austin Bergerson, a 15-year-old American Native Cherokee, and Kyah Mingo, a 16-year-old Inupiaq, first became involved with the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program in 2015 during summer Middle School Academy components. Austin and Kyah were eager to get more involved with the program and enrolled in its innovative, full-time Acceleration Academy (Mat-Su) component. The […]

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Full speed ahead with full-time ANSEP components

What does a 15-year-old Acceleration Academy student have in common with Dr. Michelle Yatchmeneff, a Sloan scholar and faculty mentor, National Science Foundation grant recipient and University of Alaska Anchorage’s first female Alaska Native professor? They both took steps towards a STEM career with the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program – and you can […]

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The ANSEP pipeline: taking Alaskans from middle school to career success

What do you want to be when you grow up? It is a question we’ve all been asked. At first, children tend to respond with unrealistic options like cowboys and princesses, but students who are exposed to all the science, technology, engineering and math career options decide they want to become astronauts, doctors, professors or […]

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Christian Douglas

Anchorage, Alaska Christian Douglas, who lives in Anchorage, is a 14-year-old Inupiaq and St. Lawrence Island Yupik. He loves playing sports – his favorites are wrestling, track and basketball. His favorite subject in school? Alaska history. In many ways, Christian sounds like an average Mears Middle School eighth grader, but, with the help of the […]

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Tristan Andrew

Anchorage, Alaska Tristan Andrew, an 11-year-old Yup’ik from Anchorage, is only in sixth grade but is already taking steps to jumpstart his STEM career. Like many middle school students, Tristan enjoys playing video games like Roblox and Fortnite with his friends. However, it isn’t all fun and games for Tristan, who dreams of becoming a […]

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Elizabeth Griggs

Anchorage, Alaska Elizabeth Griggs spent part of her summer studying math and science while she lived in a dorm room on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. She has always wanted a STEM career; and, after doing research on the computer she built herself and hearing from industry professionals, she has narrowed down her field […]

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Teagan Bailey

Anchorage, Alaska Across Alaska and around the country, students are getting their heads back in school mode this week. Eleven-year-old Teagan Bailey has had education on his mind all summer, though, spending ten days of it living like a college student on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus at ANSEP’s Middle School Academy. Two years […]

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Kadin Dayton

Fairbanks, Alaska Thirteen-year-old Kadin Dayton may not know exactly what he wants to do when he grows up; but, thanks to the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, he knows he wants to pursue a STEM career. Kadin, a seventh-grade student from Fairbanks, first became involved with ANSEP as a Middle School Academy attendee last […]

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