ANSEP to host nine universities at inaugural Dissemination Conference in 2018 in Anchorage


Conference will guide leading educators from across the U.S. through ANSEP’s proven education model

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program has been selected by the National Science Foundation to host a four-day, hands-on conference that will engage leaders from nine regional education groups from around the nation in ANSEP’s programmatic components. The NSF/ANSEP Dissemination Conference, scheduled for Jan. 17-20, 2018, will guide 90 university and other education professionals through ANSEP’s proven education model and share insight into the program’s strategies and methods for improving the hiring patterns of minority students in the science and engineering fields. Participants will leave with a blueprint for building success in their region.

Today, ANSEP announced the organizations selected to participate in the Dissemination Conference. Each group will be represented by 10 individuals who will return home from the conference and lead efforts to implement ANSEP’s proven methods for academic and career success in their local communities. Each team is comprised of leaders in education, including superintendents and principals from minority school districts in the team’s region, university executives, an organization development officer, donor organization representative, STEM coordinator, STEM university faculty member and students. Attendees at the conference will represent:

  • Auburn University
  • Chicago State University
  • Clemson University
  • North Dakota Secretary of Education team
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Montana
  • University of Texas at El Paso

“ANSEP continues to be successful at our mission to assist Alaska students in completing STEM degree programs and effect change in the representation of minorities in the workforce. We are proud to be a model for others around the country,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “At the end of the conference, we want every participant to understand the issues related to replication of ANSEP in their own community and move from planning to implementation of similar programs.”

The ANSEP Dissemination Conference is being held with generous support from the National Science Foundation, which named ANSEP as the recipient of a $3 million research grant in May 2017. Since ANSEP’s inception in 1995, the University of Alaska has awarded 600 baccalaureate degrees to 600 Native scientists and engineers. With more than 2,500 students from sixth grade through the Ph.D. in the pipeline, ANSEP is transforming education across the state.

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