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Health Sciences Engagement Opportunities

Students showcasing research posters

Portrait of 2020 HPSO Officers
Pictured are the 2020 HPSO officers. Back row, from left: John Pinesa, HPSO vice president, and Naomi Freeman, founding HPSO member. Front row, from left: Muhammad Khan, HPSO secretary/treasurer, and Matt Cosby, HPSO president.

Student Club for
Future Health Professionals

Established in Spring 2020, the Health Professionals Student Organization (HPSO) became a cross-college club to help initiate a platform for comradery and support of common interests. The HPSO founding officers included President Matt Cosby, from the health sciences program; John Pineda, from natural sciences; and Mohammad Khan, from health sciences. HPSO continues to grow and expand the ways in which they support both students and faculty. The student-led organization has hosted networking opportunities, community service activities and has been involved with advocacy work. 

The HPSO club is a place for students to share their interests and gain more knowledge  about their respective programs and chosen health professions. This group also hopes to connect students with professional development and encourage peer to peer support. 

Dr. Lisa Schwarzburg, HPSO Faculty Advisor


Undergraduate Research


  • Build transferable professional skills
  • Learn to advocate and defend your work
  • Network with professionals  
  • Gain valuable practice for graduate school
  • Contribute to health research 

How to get involved?

  • Speak with your faculty advisor about opportunities
  • Consider enrolling in HS A498 Senior Project or HS A499 Senior Thesis 
  • Attend research discussions or events
  • Inquire what research is currently underway or upcoming 

Healthy Aging Lab

The Healthy Aging Lab, led by Dr. Britteny Howell, works to understand the shifting sociocultural landscape for aging adults and identify service needs to facilitate healthy aging-in-place. This is accomplisheed through a variety of ways, from Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) projects, to community-engaged courses in health sciences, to individual student service-learning projects. The lab aims to benefit both students (and future geriatric workforce) and the senior community. 

Healthy Aging Lab

AHEC Scholars

AHEC Scholars is a two-year program designed to supplement and broaden a student’s healthcare training. It is a popular option among pre-professional track students and is open to any student enrolled in their final two years of an Alaskan healthcare program. It is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in real-life health field experience with Alaskan rural communities or with urban underserved populations. 

AHEC Scholars Program