We offer engaging and in-depth experiences in science and engineering.
Our summer academy is a 2-week non-residential program with separate modules for middle school (students entering 6th – 8th grade in fall 2019) and high school students (students entering 9th-12th grade in fall 2019). You will work with two instructors, at least one of whom has an advanced science or engineering background, in small groups (usually no more than 10 students). You’ll be using your hands and your mind throughout – you’ll be doing science or engineering, not just hearing about it! We offer everything from excavating a real archaeological site to working with live animals at a vet clinic to intensive computer programming. ASRA is a great way to learn more about areas of science or engineering you are already interested in or exploring a topic you know little about.
In 2019, the summer academy will run July 8-19. Our online applications will open on Friday, February 1. This year we have removed the requirement of teacher references. Please note that while we welcome students from outside the Fairbanks area, we do not provide housing, and an adult is required to be here in Fairbanks with the student. All modules cost $700, but some tuition support is available.
ASRA is housed in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM). We are very thankful to our sponsors who provide financial and in-kind support, including Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Museum of the North, New York Life, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). We depend on such support and donations to keep our programs affordable. ASRA modules are subsidized: they cost more to run than we receive in tuition. To help please to go our donation page.
We asked the students to offer some advice to prospective ASRA applicants. Scroll though the slides to find out what they said. If you come to ASRA you will probably...
Learn something awesomeDiscover the Red Planet student
encounter problems. Get over it. You will eventually find a solution. In the end it is fun and amazingDIY Data Devices student
Go outside a lot and learn incredible things that you didn't even know was out there.Investigating Patterns of Life student
want to come to the Archaeology module!Time Sleuths - Archaeology in Interior Alaska student
learn a lot more than you already knew. Bring bug spray...for the love of Jim BelushiInvestigating Patterns of Life student
experience the best Biomed program in the countryBio Medicine student
don't worry if you don't know anyone. You will miss everyone at the end of the two weeks. Discover the Red Planet student
want to bring an open mind and know that you will have fun.Mathematics of DNA student
die...of joy!!ASRA student