Ansep Acceleration Academy Essays


May 26 to August 3, 2018


NOTE: Late applications will only be reviewed if positions are available.  


All students will be housed and all classes will be held at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), in Anchorage, AK. Internships will be based in Anchorage, with some internships taking students all across Alaska, from rural campsites to communities.


Application Deadline is February 9th

Download Application

Click here to download Summer Bridge application.

Application process

Please include all application documents together in one packet. Only complete applications will be considered. You may not receive notification of an incomplete application. Required documents are:

  • Application Forms
  • Student Records/Transcripts including Request for Records form signed by registrar
  • Three letters of recommendation from teachers (at least one math teacher) or counselors
  • 500-word essay explaining how you plan to contribute to the future of Alaska
  • Current Accuplacer math test scores. [If you’ve previously taken a college math course, please indicate the course(s) and grade(s) received]
  • Current Resume

Mail or Deliver Application to

ANSEP Summer Bridge
Attn: Michael Bourdukofsky
3211 Providence Dr, ANSEP 205
Anchorage, AK 99508

Because all Summer Bridge students are required to take a college math course, acceptance is determined by placement into one of the college math courses offered. Students who are taking college-level math classes for the first time must demonstrate their math level through standardized test scores. Math class placement is determined by the following chart:

Math Course ALEKS PPL
MATH A105 - Intermediate Algebra30-54
MATH A151 - College Algebra for Calculus  55-77
MATH A152 - Trigonometry65-77
MATH A251 - Calculus 178-100


For more information about ALEKS scores and math placement, please review the UAA Math Placement Guide.

For more information on the college Math Placement Test visit the UAA Placement Exams website. 

Who is eligible for the ANSEP Summer Bridge? Current high school seniors who are graduating this academic year.

Who should apply for the ANSEP Summer Bridge? Students who want to go to college and are interested in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degree program or career. Students who want to earn money for college. Students who want a real-world, STEM professional work experience.

I’m graduating high school early, am I eligible to apply? Yes. If you’re graduating high school this academic year, you can apply. Please indicate on your application that you graduating high school early. Keep in mind that some of our partner companies who host interns, have age limit requirements for their employees.

I already graduated high school, am I eligible to participate in the Summer Bridge? No. The ANSEP Summer Bridge is specifically for students graduating high school this year. You can still join ANSEP as a University Success student. For more info on how to join ANSEP at the university, please visit the University Success page. 

Can I pick where my internship location will be? No. But ANSEP will do their best to place students into internships that relate as closely as possible to their degree program, career interest, general interest, and best placement for both employer and intern.

How much does it cost to attend the Summer Bridge? ANSEP will cover all costs associated with participation in the Summer Bridge. These costs include:  airfare, room & board, travel costs during program, tuition & fees, all team activities during program, laundry services. Costs that ANSEP will not cover are (but not limited to):  spending money, food off campus during free time, toiletries, calculator, shopping, and transportation during free-time.

If I successfully complete the Summer Bridge, will ANSEP provide a scholarship? Yes. All successful Summer Bridge students are eligible to receive scholarship funding for the fall semester, immediate following completion. Students will continue to receive ANSEP scholarship every semester thereafter, as long as the students continue to meet ANSEP University Success requirements. For more info about the ANSEP University Success requirements, please visit the University Success page. NOTE: Scholarship amounts are subject to change and depend upon available funds. 

Is the Summer Bridge scholarship good at any university? No. The scholarship can only be used at one of the three main University of Alaska campuses (UAA, UAF and UAS)

Do I have to attend the University of Alaska to be considered for the Summer Bride? Preference will be given to students who are attending the University of Alaska.

If the application deadline has past, can I still apply? Yes, but there’s no guarantee your application will be considered.

When will I be notified about my application status? Applicants will receive notification within 3 weeks of the application deadline.

For more information please contact

Michael Bourdukofsky, P.E.
ANSEP Chief Operations Officer
Phone: (907) 786-6362

Attn: ANSEP Summer Bridge
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, ANSEP Building
Anchorage, AK  99508


ANSEP STEM Career Exploration will have multiple session options this summer. They are:

June 4-8, 2018: Health Sciences (New)

June 25-29, 2018: Coding (New)

July 9-13, 2018: Marine Biology (Repeat)

July 23-27, 2018: Fisheries & Wildlife (New)

Application Deadline

The deadline for STEM Career Exploration for summer 2018 is March 9, 2018.


The program is held on the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus at the ANSEP Academy Building. Students will be housed in the dorms on the university campus. All students are required to stay on campus.

STEM Career Exploration students are responsible for their own travel to and from UAA. Travel Scholarships may be available, further information is included on the application. 

Only students who successfully completed a previous Middle School Academy and have yet to enter high school (students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in fall of 2018) are eligible to participate. Potential participants need to submit the following documents (please include all documents together in one packet):

  • Application form
  • Final grades for the past 2 years
  • Most recent standardized test scores in Math
  • 500 word essay written by the student explaining what you learned at the ANSEP Middle School Academy and why you want to continue participating with ANSEP

Download application here.

The completed application packet should be sent to:

ANSEP STEM Career Explorations
3211 Providence Drive, ANSEP Academy
Anchorage, AK 99508


Application deadline for summer 2018 is March 9, 2018.

Who is eligible to apply? 
Past Middle School Academy participants who have yet to enter high school (students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the fall). Students should have an interest in science and math, at least a B average in science and mathematics courses, a passing score on the state’s standardized science and mathematics tests, and be on-track for successful completion of Algebra 1 by 8th grade graduation.

What if my application is incomplete? 
If your application is incomplete you will not be considered for admissions. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their application is complete before submitting. We will not notify students of incomplete applications.

How will I know if I am accepted? 
All applicants will receive acceptance status notification via e-mail and regular mail 2 weeks after the application deadline.

Once accepted, what additional information will I receive? 
If you are accepted you will receive ample information regarding the schedule, what to bring to campus, rules and expectations, locations, and more.

If accepted, can I have visitors during the academy? 
Visitors of any kind are not allowed during the academy. Family and friends may attend Family Night and the closing ceremony, if scheduled, that occurs on the last day of the program (exact dates provided upon acceptance).

If accepted, can I go home in the evenings? 
Accepted students participate all day and every day during the academy. Living in the university dorms is part of the experience and is required. Check-outs are not allowed.

Can I do both Acceleration Academy and STEM Career Explorations? 
Incoming 9th graders (that have successfully complete the Middle School Academy experience) will have the opportunity to apply to both STEM Career Explorations and Acceleration Academy. If accepted to both, students will need to choose which program to participate in as the dates conflict and participating in both academies is not an option.

For more information please contact

ANSEP Middle School Academy
Phone: (907) 786-0905

Attn: ANSEP Middle School Academy
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, ANSEP Academy
Anchorage, AK  99508


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