UAA STEM Transition Event: A Promising Practice in Preparing Youth for College

DO-IT Factsheet #411

The University of Alaska Anchorage [1] (UAA) invited a group of thirty high school seniors with disabilities, along with their teachers and parents, to a transition event. The UAA Transition to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) event exposes students, teachers, and parents to STEM programs on campus and facilitates the transition from high school to college. The activity was supported by the Alliance for Access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics [2] (AccessSTEM), which is funded by the National Science Foundation [3].


The director of the UAA Disability Support Services [4] (DSS) worked with STEM faculty, other campus partners and the local K-12 school district to arrange activities for the students. Specifically, students could participate in the following activities:

The UAA Transition to STEM event is a promising practice for STEM recruitment. It has resulted in an increase in the completion of college applications by high school students with disabilities who have an aptitude in STEM.

For additional information about transitioning to college, consult the Knowledge Base article What advice can be given to a high school student with a disability preparing for college? [5]

AccessSTEM [6] mingrants were funded under The Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM, Research in Disabilities Education award # HRD-0227995).