UAA receives $1.4 million grant for ANSEP

By: Jessica Hamlin   Jul 31, 2006

Grant funds the purchase of instructional equipment and furnishings for new building

ANCHORAGE – The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) has received a $1.4 million grant from the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to invest in equipment for UAA’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP).

The grant will help equip the new two-story ANSEP building, which features a large computer lab, a collaborative learning lab, recitation rooms, a small kitchen and the ANSEP offices. The funding will build capacity for engineering instruction at UAA by providing engineering laboratory instructional equipment, furnishings, computers/servers, electronic classroom and distance education equipment. A signature building on UAA’s campus, the ANSEP building will open on Oct. 24, 2006 on budget and ahead of schedule. Funding for the building was provided by the Rasmuson Foundation, BP, Conoco/Phillips, Alyeska Pipeline, John Rubini and Leonard Hyde, the U.S. Department of Education, the Denali Commission, the University of Alaska and an anonymous donor.

ANSEP BuildingANSEP was started at UAA in 1996 by Dr. Herb (Ilisaurri) Schroeder, Associate Dean and Professor of Engineering.  In 2000, he led the development of the Pacific Alliance to replicate the ANSEP model at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Hawaii Manoa and University of Washington. Seed money for the Alliance was provided by the National Science Foundation through the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP).

“Partners to ANSEP have provided a permanent place on our campus that has been designed to embody the spirit of Alaska’s First People and will be forever reserved for the students as a hub of learning, safety, and a community of belonging,” says Schroeder.

The ANSEP program increases university recruitment and retention rates through hands-on high school outreach initiatives, rigorous summer bridging programs, focused academic learning communities, organized student cohorts, networks of peer and professional mentors, community-based learning, professional internships, undergraduate research projects and graduate school programs. ANSEP and the Pacific Alliance are national models for recruitment and retention programs.

For questions about ANSEP, please contact Dr. Herb Schroeder at (907) 786-1860 or

Jessica D. Hamlin ● Office of University Advancement ● (907) 786-1288