ANSEP Hosts Largest Acceleration Academy in Program’s History


68 High School Students from Around Alaska Travel to Anchorage for Enhanced Learning Experience This Summer

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Last weekend, 68 students from around the state descended upon Anchorage to participate in Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP)’s pre-college Acceleration Academy. These high school students are part of the largest Acceleration Academy in ANSEP history.

Students have been accepted to participate in the Acceleration Academy due to their ongoing commitment to education and have traveled to Anchorage from communities around Alaska. Costs associated with students’ participation in the program are covered by ANSEP.

“The proven success of ANSEP components, including the Acceleration Academy, has sparked additional funding, which is why we are able to grow the number of students who benefit from these summer learning opportunities,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilusari Schroeder. “We have a method that works, and we are fortunate to continue expanding the reach of the program to more and more Alaska youth.”

Historically, 95 percent of ANSEP’s Acceleration Academy students advance one level or more in math and science over the summer. ANSEP components for high school students are developed not only to help them continue their learning experiences during the summer months but also to ignite an interest in STEM careers.

From May 24 – July 2, Acceleration Academy students will attend classes daily during the morning hours and participate in afternoon projects led by university faculty and STEM professionals. Projects include on-campus lab work and off-campus fieldwork. At the completion of the month-long academy, the goal is for students to have earned up to $2,000 in scholarship support for enrollment in science, technology, engineering and math B.S. degree programs at the University of Alaska; completed college courses and earned college credits; developed a relationship with university staff; and become familiar with the campus for a smoother transition to college following high school graduation. Students also build valuable relationships with other youth from around the state who share similar interests and goals.

To learn more about ANSEP and its Acceleration Academy component, visit

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