Middle school students from 19 Alaska communities study health sciences at ANSEP STEM Career Explorations


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Fifty middle school students from across the state returned to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus on May 27, to participate in the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) STEM Career Explorations component. Throughout the five-day residential camp, students will explore the health sciences career field by participating in several learning hands-on activities led by industry professionals at the Allied Health Sciences Building on campus.

To be eligible, students must have previously completed ANSEP Middle School Academy component and maintained grades that adhere to ANSEP’s academic standards, including being on track to complete algebra 1 before high school. Students from 19 communities across Alaska were chosen to participate, including:


  • Aatem Cooke
  • Chloe Phillips
  • Daniel Camp
  • Emmalena Bayayok
  • Kaitlyn Hanson
  • Kristopher Anaruk
  • Mierra Starr
  • Octavius McCleskey
  • Qaiana Fishel
  • Rylee Sorensen


  • Elijah Lindley
  • Ethan Sundown
  • Frank Bayer
  • Greta Whitney
  • Hunter Carter
  • Joeli Carlson
  • Noah Andrew III
  • Samara Byrnes
  • Tekoah Tony


  • Brewster Bohn


  • Clyffi Westlock
  • Cyprian Johnson-Edwards
  • Lanny Oktoyak
  • Marlene Moore
  • Sherilyn                 Johnson-Edwards


  • Margret Verg-in


  • Reanna Jimmy


  • Cassandra Brown
  • Jada Evan


  • Jamal Murphy


  • Alvin Werneke III
  • Stephanie Eakin


  • Robyn Kugtsun

Mountain Village

  • Destany Peters


  • Stephen Maxie III


  • Branden Lindsay
  • James Rogers
  • Misty Wilmarth
  • Robert Kennerson


  • Alexandra Juliussen
  • Korrin Nyren
  • Nyia Peters
  • Sydney Juliussen


  • Kennedy Holland


  • Jaden Post


  • Payton Commack


  • Alexis Brigman
  • Haley Soares

White Mountain

  • Gabriel Egli

This component is designed to help students focus on a particular STEM field and renew their dedication and enthusiasm for the ANSEP community and STEM study.

“Our STEM Career Explorations component is an unparalleled opportunity for students to revisit their Middle School Academy experience and focus on a particular STEM topic area,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “ANSEP continues to demonstrate its ability to effect real change in the hiring patterns of Alaskans in science and engineering career fields, and our STEM Career Explorations component is just another way we’re helping students stay on the path to academic success.”

In addition to the educational benefits provided by ANSEP, students will continue to familiarize themselves with the UAA campus and the rigors of college life as well as learn from a supportive network of like-minded peers.

This is the first of four STEM Career Exploration sessions that will take place this summer thanks to generous donations from ANSEP strategic partners. To learn more about ANSEP and its components, visit www.ansep.net.