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University of Alaska TRiO Upward Bound

2024 UAF Upward Bound Summer Program

Session 1: Introduction to T3 Experience – June 2-29
Session 2: Advanced T3 Community Engagement – July 7-24

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is accepting applications for the Upward Bound/T3 Alaska Summer Program. The Upward Bound (UB) Summer Program is available at no cost to all students at participating schools who are interested in learning about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) careers and pursuing post-secondary education. To best meet the needs of new and returning students, the program has an introductory and advanced session.

Introduction to T3 Experience
June 2-29

The first session, Introduction to T3 Experience, is held June 2-29 and welcomes students who have completed grades 8-10 and are new to the Upward Bound and T3 Alaska programs. The Introduction Session has three strands that explore earth monitoring sensors, drones, and Makerspace equipment.

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Advanced T3 Community Engagement
July 7-24

The second session, Advanced T3 Community Engagement, is held July 7-24 and invites advanced students who have completed grades 10-12 or returning summer program students who seek to continue their learning. Students attending the Advanced Session will apply their knowledge to concepts relating to energy, climate, and oceanic concerns. Advanced students can apply for a work-study stipend.

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“We are excited to host another fantastic summer learning opportunity for students in Alaska. Every year I am amazed at how much the kids learn, grow, and experience during our time together,” said Adam Low, Director of Upward Bound and T3 Alaska Director. “We work hard to put together programs that provide students the opportunity to give back to their community.”

In-the-field experiential learning with off-campus field trips!

Students who attend either session of the UB Summer Program will travel to sites such as Fairbanks, Anchorage, Valdez, Cordova, Chena Hot Springs, and Kotzebue. An important component of the program is in-the-field experiential learning with off-campus field trips. In addition, students will tour the UAF campus, learn new technology skills, participate in research, and engage with community partners. The UB Summer Program encourages personal growth, teaches marketable skills, and integrates students into communities for future intern and career opportunities.

Many Alaska Upward Bound programs utilize T3 Alaska approach to educate students in STEM technology and to provide pathways for students to meet community partners and address real-world problems. UAF is thankful for the collaboration and partnerships with the Alaska Blue Economy Center, Juneau Icefield Research Program, Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), Chena Hot Springs geothermal facility, Alaska Center for UAS Integration (ACUASI), the Alaska Earthquake Center, Alaska Department of Transportation, and Denakkanaaga.

2023 Four Environmental Strand Program

Fifty students from Rural Alaska and North Pole joined together and tackle problems related to Renewable Energy, Ocean Science, Earth Observation, and Climate Science. The program began in Anchorage at UAA on May 30. From there, students split into their academic focus teams and head out on a field trip to Juneau, Denali, Kotzebue, or Valdez. Each trip was designed to introduce students to the sticky problems faced in each community. The last two weeks of the program was spent in Fairbanks living on the UAF campus and finishing student projects

2022 One Ocean Program

In 2022, Upward Bound students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and from the University of Hawaii Maui College (UH-MC) participated in a high school summer program experience like no other – the One Ocean Summer Program. One Ocean was spearheaded by Upward Bound Directors Jana Wilkinson from UH-MC and Adam Low from the UAF. The One Ocean Summer Program utilized T3 Alliance project based learning framework to address mutual energy and climatic problems impacting their communities.

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