Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I do research as an undergraduate?

Undergraduate research and scholarly activities teach you about a field you are interested in, and help you define your own style. It is an enriching process by which you gain skills. It can open doors to many academic and career opportunities. Participating in undergraduate research and scholarly activities promotes deeper understanding and greater satisfaction with the college experience.

I am a student. How do I get started doing undergraduate research?

Talk to your advisor or one of your professors. Ask them for project ideas and help getting involved in an existing project or starting a new one.

Register for URSA F192P Introduction to Research and Scholarly Activity at UAF (1 credit; Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 pm). Learn about the diversity of research and the opportunities for participation in research and creative scholarship at UAF.

Check out the URSA Project Clearinghouse for a project you may be interested in.

Stop by the URSA Office in 301 Bunnell Building. We can help you map out a path to the research project or scholarly activity that best suits you.

What kinds of projects are considered undergraduate research?

Projects in every discipline are considered undergraduate research or scholarly activity. The key elements are:

  • the research and/or creative activity is owned by the undergraduate student, and
  • the activity leads to deliverable work published or presentable to scholars in the field, and
  • it is an academic activity.

I am a faculty member new to UAF. How do I get started involving my students in undergraduate research?

There are several ways.

Work with a student who is enrolled in an undergraduate research course through your department.

Work with a student who is enrolled in an URSA undergraduate research course. URSA has a 300-level course for students with projects in the development/proposal phase, and a 400-level course for students with projects in the research/production phase.

Apply for URSA faculty award to support your work with undergraduates. Each fall semester, requests for proposals are announced for activity throughout the academic year.

Post your project ideas on the URSA Project Clearinghouse.

How do I find out more about the types of research going on at UAF?

Come to weekly URSA Seminars. In Schaible Auditorium from 5:30 - 6:30 pm each Wednesday during fall and spring semesters. Faculty members present an introduction to their research and creative scholarship at UAF. From neuroscience to history to music to atmospheric physics and more!

For general audiences -- all are welcome!

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