December 2015

There is still time to make an impact in the lives of the individuals Doyon Foundation serves through scholarships and language revitalization!  Please consider making  a tax-deductible year-end gift to the Foundation by December 31st.

Click here to give online or you can fill out a donor form and mail a check to:

Doyon Foundation
615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101
Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701

We wish you the happiest of New Years!  Thank you for your continued support.

-Doyon Foundation

The Jackson Laboratory is now accepting applications for its 2016 Summer Student Program. All application materials, including recommendation letters, are due by February 2, 2016.

The Summer Student Program (SSP) is a ten-week research internship in genetics and genomics open to US high school and undergraduate students. Internships are offered at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, and at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. SSP interns are provided a weekly stipend and other benefits including full room and board and round trip travel from home to the Laboratory.

Participants will conduct independent research as part of a lab team seeking to advance our understanding of the causes and treatment of disease. Students may select from a range of projects including bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, development, neurobiology, reproductive biology, metabolism, immunology, aging, cancer, and many more.

Click here for a full program description and here for eligibility information. Students must apply online and all supplemental materials must be received by the February 2, 2016 deadline.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution, dedicated to contributing to a future of better health care based on the unique genetic makeup of each individual. Click here to learn more.

The RSVP deadline for the January 2 Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) language-learning workshop has been extended through Thursday, December 31. Learn more and RSVP now!

Doyon Foundation will host two free language-learning workshops in Fairbanks in January. The workshops are based on the WAYK technique, which is one of the most rapid and effective tools for learning language.

Workshops, which will be held at the Doyon Industrial Facility in the Doyon, Limited meeting room at 701 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks, include:

  • January 2, 2016: No Pressure WAYK Refresher, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Class will be focused on the Gwich’in language but open to all. RSVP by December 31.
  • January 16, 2016: No Pressure WAYK Refresher, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Class will be focused on the Lower Tanana language but open to all. RSVP by January 11.

Based on the belief that “By learning, you will teach. By teaching you will learn,” WAYK is appropriate for anyone interested in learning or teaching their Native language, whether a first-time learner or a fluent speaker.

In addition to the one-day workshops, a week of daily sessions will be available after each refresher. In these daily sessions, instructors will give in-depth, hands-on assistance to learners and speakers covering WAYK techniques. It is not required to attend the refresher to attend the daily sessions. See the daily session schedule on the RSVP form.

For more information or to RSVP for the workshops, visit or contact or 907.459.2048. To learn more about the Where Are Your Keys language learning and teaching method, visit

“With your help, anything is possible,” said Joseph Bifelt to the Doyon Foundation donors during his speech at the Foundation’s 2015 scholarship award ceremony.

Joe Bifelt and Jessica Black

Jessica Black, left, and Joe Bifelt, right, at the 2015 Doyon Foundation scholarship award ceremony

Bifelt, a Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship recipient, is a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

“Growing up in the village, I witnessed many teachers come and go. They did not necessarily understand our culture and who we were. I feel that I would be able to relate very well to the rural Alaskan students and have the ability to help them build brighter futures both for themselves and their community,” Bifelt said.


Support students when you Pick. Click. Give to Doyon Foundation!

Alaskans have the opportunity to help make “anything possible” for students like Bifelt by supporting Doyon Foundation through the Pick. Click. Give. program. The 2016 Pick. Click. Give. campaign kicked off January 1, and Alaskans are encouraged to support student scholarships by donating a portion of their PFD to Doyon Foundation when completing the 2016 PFD application.

In 2015, a total of 75 Alaskans contributed $5,375 to Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give. With the support of donors like these, the Foundation is able to provide scholarships and offer cultural opportunities to Alaska Native students who are pursuing their educational, career and life goals. During the 2014 – 2015 academic year, the Foundation awarded a total of 565 scholarships totaling $465,237.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and opportunities to support students, visit or contact 907-459-2048 or

Doyon Foundation will be closed December 24-25, 2015.  Our office will re-open Monday, December 28th.  We wish you a safe and happy Holiday Season.

Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) is excited to offer internship opportunities in our digital fabrication resource center (Fab Lab).   Created in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Fab Lab is a state of the art educational space that challenges youth to connect to their full science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) potential.  The variety of tools and techniques available merge the latest technology with architecture and construction.  The goal is to use cutting edge tools and techniques and apply them to cultural ideals to expand students’ creative thought processes.  In the Fab Lab Alaska’s future leaders in engineering, design, artistry and innovation are able to further develop their skill set.   Samples of the computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines available in our Fab Lab include:

  • laser-powered cutter and etcher that works with wood, acrylic and other materials
  • A vinyl cutter used for graphics and masking applications
  • a mini desktop milling machine that plots copper and other materials to make antennae, circuit boards and more
  • large robotic router system
  • an industrial embroidery machine
  • 3D printers capable of producing fully assembled objects with moving parts

CITC recruits highly motivated full or part-time college students currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an undergraduate/graduate degree program or technical training school.  Please visit for available internship positions, a full job description, and a CITC internship application. For question regarding this opportunity, please contact Nikki Graham at

Anyone interested in applying to teach in Rampart, Alaska can contact the Yukon Flats School District office at 662-2515 or check the Alaska Teacher Placement website at

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