Della Keats

The UAA Della Keats Health Sciences and Summer Research Programs are intensive six-week programs administered by WWAMI School of Medical Education for disadvantaged Alaska high school students who are interested in careers in medicine and other health care fields. Students must be enrolled as juniors or seniors when they apply.There is no cost to participate in the program. A stipend is usually provided to help cover food and miscellaneous expenses. Due to the programs’ demanding schedule, students may not hold jobs or participate in other activities while participating in the summer research program. During the six weeks the students live in the UAA dormitories on campus at no cost. Travel assistance may be available for qualifying students from rural Alaska. The program is sponsored by the UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education.

Goals of the Program:
a) Guide Alaskan high school students from minority, rural,and other disadvantaged populations, who are interested in careers in medicine and other health care fields and step onto the path leading to high-demand careers in medicine and other health care fields.
b) Help students make a successful transition from high school to college.
c) Foster, affirm, and encourage high school students’ interest in health care professions.

Della Keats Health Science Program
Della Keats students gain first hand knowledge of healthcare careers by job shadowing healthcare providers, touring medical facilities, and listening to guest presentations.Students stay on the UAA campus and receive a valuable introduction to college life. Participants take classes that introduce them to the undergraduate pre-medical curriculum, e.g. anatomy and physiology, public health, microbiology, and others. There is also a health disparity multi-discipline research project with a presentation for the students to complete.

Science Research Program
The Della Keats Summer Research Program primarily recruits from previous Della Keats Health Sciences students, but will also accept applications from students that have successfully completed a program such as Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI), Alaska Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP), or show a strong history of involvement in biomedical research.  Each research student is paired with a UAA researcher and works for that mentor as an intern for the duration of the program. Student interns are expected (with the help of their mentor) to design, conduct, and analyze an individual research project and to present their results publicly at UAA at the end of the program. Students in the Summer Research Program live in the UAA dormitories with the Della Keats Health Sciences students. Both groups participate in the extracurricular activities together.

Program dates for 2018: July 15-August 10
Application Deadline: March 2018

For more information contact:
Dr. Ian van Tets,PhD, Program Co-Director
Cassandra Dale, Program Coordinator
Della Keats health Sciences Summer Program
UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education
3211 Providence Drive, HSB 301
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-4794
Fax: (907) 786-4700

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