ANSEP Pre-College Programs

The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP™) is a longitudinal program that works with students from the time they are in middle school all the way through graduate school. Their objective is to effect a systemic change in the hiring patterns of Indigenous Americans in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. ANSEP recently expanded their program to include students interested in career paths in the biological sciences.  The ANSEP Pre-College Component has several different programs, briefly described below. More detailed information can be found on the ANSEP website.

Middle School Academy: This summer science academic camp provides activities, experiments, projects and field experiences for students who will enter 6th, 7th, or 8th grades in the fall. The camp promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. It is a two week academic residential camp held on the UAA campus. Students engage in a variety of hands-on activities from building a computer, dissecting squid to testing structures on an earthquake simulation table and much more. Accepted students attend the academy free of charge. The ANSEP Middle School Academy is also offered during the school year in partnership with school districts across the state of Alaska. For more information, contact: 907-786-0905 or
Note: This Academy now includes a Health Strand.

STEM Career Exploration Students who will enter 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the fall and who have successfully completed the ANSEP Middle School Academy program are eligible for STEM Career Explorations. This five-day, academic, residential program is organized to provide career exploration activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences to increase students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. Students attend free of charge.

Computer Assembly: Students assemble computers and earn the right to keep them by completing trigonometry, physics, and chemistry. This program targets high school students at a variety of schools around the state.

Acceleration Academy: This academy recruits students during their sophomore and junior years in high school. The residential academy is held on the UAA campus for two sessions for 5 weeks during the summer. It is designed to help ready students academically and socially for college. Students attend classes and learn about career opportunities in STEM fields. Successful students who complete the Academy have the opportunity to earn scholarship funding good at any University of Alaska campus.

Dates for 2017:
Middle School Academy:

  • Health Strand Academy May 22-26
  • Summer Science Camp August 1-12

Acceleration Academy:

  • Session 1: May 27-June 30
  • Session 2: July 8-August 11 (Application must be postmarked by March 17)
    For more information, contact:
    Mike Ulroan, Regional Director
    ANSEP, School of Engineering
    University of Alaska Anchorage
    3211 Providence Drive, ANSEP 200D1
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    Phone: (907) 786-1148
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