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Resources for K-12 Students

There are many programs available through UAF and the Fairbanks community designed to promote and encourage interest in biology and wildlife among students in grades K-12.

The Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA) is a two week academic experience offered by the College of Natural Science and Mathematics in cooperation with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and industry partners. ASRA provides an opportunity for students in grades 8-12 to live on the UAF campus and work with university faculty, staff, and industry professionals. Students choose one module (or course) and are immersed in a single subject for two weeks. The approach is experiential - hands-on and minds-on rather than lecture or worksheets.

The Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) is a bridging program that assists students in Rural Alaska in making the academic and social transition between high school and college. UAF courses are offered for full university credit (7 to 11). Required courses include writing and study skills. Students then choose either Alaska Native dance or swimming. Optional classes include math, psychology, geoscience, and biochemistry.

The Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) II Next Step: In RAHII, high school juniors and seniors study molecular biology and gain hands-on experience working alongside scientists in a research laboratory at UAF. Students can earn up to 11 college credits during the 6- week course.

The Alaska Statewide High School Science Symposium (ASHSSS) is a research, writing and oral intensive program for high school students in grades 9-12. Students conduct original scientific research, usually under the guidance of a mentor. Students who complete experimental research projects write a formal scientific paper based on their research and submit it to the ASHSSS. Students whose papers are accepted for competition then give an oral presentation of their research at the ASHSSS, held at UAF in March. Students compete for cash awards and scholarships and top students advance to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (NJSHS).


Do you think you might like to be a biologist? Here are some tips on what you can do while you're in high school to help you prepare for entering a college biology program.

Billy Kozevnikoff conducts research as part of the RAHII program. Photo Credit: Dwayne Myers

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