Middle school students from across the state return to ANSEP this summer to study health sciences at STEM Career Explorations


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – This week, the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) welcomed 54 middle school students to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus for ANSEP’s first STEM Career Explorations component of the summer. During this five-day residential camp, students will explore the health sciences career field by participating in several hands-on activities, led by industry professionals.

To be eligible, students must have previously completed the ANSEP Middle School Academy component and maintained grades that adhere to ANSEP’s high academic standards, including being on track to complete algebra 1 before high school. In addition to the educational benefits, STEM Career Explorations gives students a chance to continue to familiarize themselves with the UAA campus and the rigors of college life as well as interact with like-minded peers from around Alaska. Students from seven different school districts across Alaska were chosen to participate, including:

Anchorage School District:
Taharei Baumgartner, Austin Bergerson, Dionisy Bourdukofsky, Lucas Gallen, Kaitlyn Hanson, Danika Herndon, Marrick Heyano, Megan Kibbee, Trevor Moose, Camille Muller, Grace Pickett, Ethan Pickett, Paisley Protzman, Emory Ranes, Aiyana Rich, Kai Russell, Jesslyn Sene, Mack Tracey and Robert Watson

Bering Straits School District: Victoria Fisher and Alukka Ivanoff

Kashunamiut School District:
Ajey Moses

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District:
Brenden Boehme, Fawna Johnson, Braden Lemm, Sorin Sorenson, Rayna Varney and Daylynn Yenney

Lower Kuskokwim School District: Kieran Bentley, Cadence Cedars, Sydney Gray, Chelonia Jones, Charlee Korthuis and Makenna Westlake

Lower Yukon School District: Jaden Andrew and Nadine Edwards

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District: Presley Allen, Maggie Bamburg, Nicole Bell, Daniel Bitler, Hayden Buckley, Lucan Gallen, Brock Grant, Chevy Hicks, Trevor Kroening, Esther Lytle and Isabelle Riopelle

Northwest Arctic Borough School District: Leah Hatch and Floyd Ticket

STEM Career Explorations is designed to help students focus on a particular STEM field that interests them and renew their dedication to and enthusiasm for the ANSEP community and pursuit of a degree and career in STEM. Students who participated in the health sciences STEM Career Explorations this week experienced activities such as hands-on, traumatic brain injury response and outbreak response.

“ANSEP continues to demonstrate its ability to inspire students to pursue their dreams and ensure they have the educational tools needed to achieve them,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “In addition to providing outstanding academic opportunities, STEM Career Explorations is important for students as they build their support network. All of them have already participated in ANSEP’s Middle School Academy, and a big benefit of STEM Career Explorations is the chance for them to reconnect with friends and mentors who are part of the ANSEP community.”

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.