Other Education and Outreach Programs
The below programs all receive financial and/or programmatic support from Alaska EPSCoR.
Bonanza Creek Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER): EPSCoR provides funding for a high school summer research internship program in collaboration with the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Project, located outside of Fairbanks. The program partners rural - mostly Alaska Native - and urban minority high school students with UA researchers for a summer program. Alaska EPSCoR paid for two rural Alaskan students, a male and a female, to take part in the program in summer 2009.
Science Potpourri: a science open house held annually at UAF for nearly 20 years. The event showcases science and engineering to the whole community, including hands-on activities for children and demonstrations which appeal to adults. The crowd numbers in the hundreds each year.
Association of Women in Science: Alaska EPSCoR hosts the annual Association for Women in Science (AWIS-AK) luncheon speaker at the AAAS Arctic Science Conference.
Interior Alaska Science Fair: Alaska EPSCoR collaborates to provide small monetary awards along with certificates of recognition to K-8 female students who submit outstanding projects to the Interior Alaska Science Fair.
Farthest North Girl Scout Council: EPSCoR co-hosts the 'Experience Science, Expect a Challenge' event held in Fairbanks every three years, through which women scientists provide hands-on science lessons to local Girl Scouts.
Climate Change and Creative Expression: EPSCoR funded a set of grants to UA faculty for programs to engage Alaska Native students in science, technology and math fields, including this innovative educational effort.
OneTree: EPSCoR supports this effort to teach students in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District about biology and climate change through scientific observations of local birch trees.
Upward Bound: Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science are Federal TRIO programs. Alaska EPSCoR has contributed to the salary of science instructors for both programs, and helped with contacts and access to people and labs for the students during the summer programs.
Observing Locally, Connecting Globally: OLCG conducts summer teacher training in conjunction with the IPY GLOBE Seasons and Biomes program.