Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program to expand high school component

This story was written by Katie Anastas and published online by Alaska Public Media. Listen to this story as part of Alaska Nightly News. The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University of Alaska has received $5 million to expand its high school component to Dillingham, Kotzebue and Juneau. The program’s Acceleration Academy […]

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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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LKSD Students Can Earn High School And College Credits In New ANSEP Program

A new Acceleration Opportunity is open in Bethel!  Students who participate can go from eighth grade to a BS degree in five years.  Lower Kuskokwim School District students are participating now!  The Acceleration Academy is expanding across Alaska. The first academy is in Anchorage and the second is in Palmer. Bethel will be the academy’s third […]

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An immersive BBNA internship in the natural sciences provides hands-on experience

Seventeen-year-old Ashe Christensen recently wrapped up a unique, six-week summer internship with the Bristol Bay Native Association that had her counting walruses, seabirds and salmon in remote parts of Alaska. Christensen, who is from Anchorage, was one of two summer interns at BBNA. The internship program started in 2000, and, so far, it has included […]

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ANSEP’s Summer Bridge program gives high school graduates opportunities to intern

The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, was created in 1995 as a scholarship program for Alaska Native students. Now,  ANSEP is available for all Alaskan residents, supporting more than 2,000 students. ANSEP has opportunities for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, otherwise known as STEM, learning — beginning at kindergarten all the way to […]

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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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Alaska students share their secrets to distance learning success

How do you get students engaged when you can’t get them together in person? How do you stay on top of schoolwork when your schedule has been turned upside-down? What can you do to build community in a classroom that only exists online? This year’s pivot to remote learning has raised these questions and more […]

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