By Clarissa Zeller, Biology Intern, Cordova Ranger District
After graduating from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Summer 2011, I joined the ANSEP program (Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program). ANSEP was created to work with and help students go from middle school all the way through to a Ph.D. The objective is to effect a systemic change in the hiring of Indigenous Americans in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with the intention of creating career paths for them.
My experience with ANSEP has been more than helpful. As an Alaska Native, I grew up in small villages the majority of my life. With a helping hand from ANSEP, I was able to enter a bigger world with confidence that I would succeed in both college and my career.
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