Della Keats Summer Research Program

DK Summer Research

For the application and program dates and deadlines, please see Della Keats Health Sciences Summer webpage.

For application see Della Keats Health Sciences Summer webpage.

History & Purpose

The Della Keats Summer  Research Program provides an opportunity for the previous summer Della Keats students to return to undertake a six-week mentor guided research internship in a health-related field.

Research Program Information

Each student is paired with a UAA researcher and works for that mentor as an intern for the duration of the program.   As a part  of this internship, students are expected to (with the mentor’s help) 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 dormitories with the Della Keats Health Sciences students.  Both groups join together and  participate in the extracurricular activities. 

Travel and Housing

 Housing is provided at no cost on campus in a UAA dormitory for the length of the  program.

 Travel assistance may be available for qualifying students from rural Alaska. 


There is no cost to participants in this program.  A stipend is usually provided to help cover food and miscellaneous expenses.  Due to the programs’ demanding schedules, students may not hold jobs or participate in other activities while participating in the summer research program.

 Della Keats Summer Research Program Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Della Keats Summer Research Program, an applicant must:

1. Have completed the Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program or an equivalent program the previous summer;

2. Meet the eligibility criteria for the Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program;

3. Be enrolled as a senior in high school at  the time of application.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit:

  •  A completed Della Keats Health Sciences & Summer Research Programs application
  •  A sealed, official current high school transcript*
  • PSAT/SAT/ACT scores if available
  •  Two sealed letters of recommendation from teachers [one of which must be from a science or mathematics teacher]
  •  Current photograph of self

*Ask your high school counselor how to obtain your transcript.


Acceptance is based on written responses to essay questions from the application form, letters of recommendation, high school academic performance, and a formal telephone interview.


Please note:   Places in the  Della Keats  Summer Research Program are limited.  The application process is a competitive one.  Successful completion of the core Della Keats program (or an equivalent program) is an eligibility requirement.  It is  not a guarantee of acceptance.


 Research Publications by Alaskan high school students taking part in WWAMI pathways programs

Read more about the
Della Keats Summer Research Program
and eligibility requirements:

See Della Keats Summer Flier on the Della Keats Health Science Summer webpage.

Ian van Tets, PhD, Co-Director
Cassandra Dale, Program Coordinator
Della Keats and NIH NIDDK Summer Programs
UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education
3211 Providence Drive, HSB 301
Anchorage, AK 99508

Phone:    (907) 786-4737
FAX:       (907) 786-4700