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Auburn University's Office of Special Projects and Initiatives, led by Assistant Provost Overtoun Jenda has been selected as one of nine groups to participate in the first-ever Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, dissemination conference. ANSEP was selected by the National Science Foundation, or NSF, to host a four-day, hands-on conference that will engage leaders from nine regional education groups from around the nation in ANSEP’s programmatic components. The NSF/ANSEP dissemination conference, scheduled for Jan. 17-20, will guide 90 university and education professionals through ANSEP’s proven education model and share insight into the program’s strategies and methods for improving the hiring patterns of minority students in the science and engineering fields. Participants will leave with a blueprint for building success in their region.

Each selected group will be represented by 10 individuals who will return home from the conference and lead efforts to implement ANSEP’s proven methods for academic and career success in their local communities. Each team is comprised of leaders in education, including superintendents and principals from minority school districts in the team’s region, university executives, an organization development officer, donor organization representative, STEM coordinator, STEM university faculty member and students. In addition to Auburn, other institutions represented at the conference include Chicago State University, Clemson University, North Dakota Secretary of Education team, University of Alabama, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Hawaii, University of Montana and University of Texas at El Paso.

“ANSEP continues to be successful at our mission to assist Alaska students in completing STEM degree programs and effect change in the representation of minorities in the workforce. We are proud to be a model for others around the country,” said ANSEP founder and Vice Provost Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “At the end of the conference, we want every participant to understand the issues related to replication of ANSEP in their own community and move from planning to implementation of similar programs.”