What is ANSEP Career Explorations?

The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) Career Explorations is organized to provide project exploration for current and past ANSEP participants who have yet to enter high school (i.e., students currently in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the 2020 – 2021 school year). This experience promotes education and careers focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

Career Exploration sessions include a five-day, academic, hands-on experience that emphasizes increasing knowledge and skills while re-engaging students with ANSEP. Career Explorations activities will involve hands-on, exploratory projects lead by industry professionals, University faculty, or ANSEP staff. 

All Career Exploration sessions will be remote so that students can participate from anywhere. 

Each Career Exploration session will focus on a STEM subject area such as: ENGINEERING, BIOLOGY, MARINE SCIENCE, HEALTHCARE, ENERGY, or CODING BUSINESS.

When is ANSEP Career Explorations?
This Summer 2021, ANSEP plans to have up to six (6) STEM Career Exploration sessions, each with a different STEM subject focus area. Tentative session dates are:

  • June 7-11
  • June 14-18
  • June 21-25
  • July 12-16
  • July 19-23
  • July 26-30

NOTE: ANSEP is still determining specific STEM activity dates.

Who should apply?

Middle school students (currently in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in the 2020 – 2021 school year) who:

  • Have participated in an ANSEP opportunity before
  • Have a continuous interest in math and science
  • Have at least a B average in science and mathematics courses
  •  Are on track (or have the ability to get on track) to complete Algebra 1 before entering high school

Application Checklist:

How do you submit required documents?
Please upload the required application and documents to ANSEP's Dropbox at:

Please do not mail or email applications or supporting application documents to ANSEP.
Upload all application documents to ANSEP's Dropbox together. Only complete applications will be considered. You will receive notification, via email and mail, on acceptance status. If you have questions or need additional information, contact ANSEP at (907) 786-0905 or

Can I apply online instead?
Yes, you can submit an online application form here:

*The application due date is April 23, 2021, and allows for ANSEP to plan accordingly for summer activities. Applications submitted after this deadline will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.