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2018 Opportunities

Musk Ox research

Claudia Ihl 


Claudia Ihl, Associate Professor for Biology at Northwest Campus in Nome, is looking for interested students who would like to conduct some research on wildlife and subsistence-related questions during spring and summer 2018.

Students would work closely with Claudia to define their research interests; plan and conduct data collection in the field, and potentially write up reports and a publication. If the student is motivated and interested, there will be opportunities to travel to a conference to give a presentation and/or to publish a research paper.

Some funds are available to pay a stipend to participating students. Potential research topics: ▶ A foraging study of the urban muskoxen near Nome – what are they eating this close to town and does it differ from muskoxen diets further away from town? ▶ A study of phenology changes and nutrient availabilities in town compared to further afield. ▶ Studies of conflicts between people and muskoxen at sled dog lots and potential ways to minimize conflicts.

Who is eligible? Students should be undergraduates at UAF. This can mean: ▶ They have already been enrolled in credits in spring 2018 ▶ They finish high school in 2018 and will be enrolled as freshmen in the fall


Data Visualization intern for Arctic soundscape project

Taylor Stinchcomb   

Todd Brinkman

Alaska EPSCoR is seeking an undergraduate student (sophomore, junior or senior) to assist with a data visualization project for the Spring semester. The student will work with researchers to design and execute an interactive visualization of soundscape research on aircraft activity over traditional (subsistence) harvest areas. The data were collected along caribou harvest corridors for the village of Nuiqsut in 2016. Preference will be given to a student from a North Slope community who is currently in good academic standing at UAF.

Some experience with web design, computer programming and/or GIS would be beneficial but not required.

Student Assistant C position, up to 20 hours per week


VIrtual Reality Lab Assistants in Tok and Fairbanks

Josh Lupinek

This position will assist UAF School of Management Virtual Reality Lab researchers in facilitating a new virtual reality research fitness laboratory within the Pogo Mine Learning Center. The goal of this project is to conduct feasibility pilot research relating to the health impact virtual reality gaming can have on rural Alaskan community fitness.

Approximately 10 hours a week during academic semesters, some morning SOM VR Lab hours, various afternoon meetings, and occasional evening SOM VR Lab Hours from 5-9pm.  There are additional opportunities for employment during academic breaks.

Student C position in Fairbanks, click here for details.

Two additional Student C positions are available in Tok, Alaska. Click here for details.
These positions will assist UAF School of Management Virtual Reality Lab researchers in facilitating a new virtual reality research fitness laboratory at the UAF Tok Center. The goal of this project is to conduct pilot research relating to the health impact virtual reality gaming can have on rural Alaskan community fitness.


Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis of forest cover and climate data in Interior Alaska

Falk Huettmann

Seeking 2 students, any year of study, willing to learn and work on GIS, climate and wildlife data.
This project provides opportunities for students to explore and work-up specific forestry and climate GIS data for birds and habitats in Interior Alaska.

Students will gain experience in learning geographic information systems (GIS, ArcGIS or QGIS), insights into landscape ecology, bird, habitat and climate management issues, and digital data skills for Alaska. Office space, hardware and software provided.

Experience required:
R skills would ideal, or at least a willingness to learn

None provided. Students would need to seek funding from URSA Project application or find another source if they require funding. Project coordinator would help with the process.



Plant Genetics and Hybridization

Steffi Ickert-Bond
Associate Professor of Botany and Curator of the Herbarium (ALA), UA Museum
907-474-6277 (office)

This study will expand our understanding of the role of glacial cycles in producing genetic and taxonomic diversity by untangling the complex network of divergences and hybridization events that have generated diversity in a Beringian polyploid complex.  Learn state-of-the art
molecular sequencing techniques to better understand plant biodiversity in Alaska and visit some amazing field sites in the Aleutians.

Ickert-Bond lab website

Herbarium website and Facebook

Atmospheric Science


Dr. Javier Fochessato
317 Akasofu Building
Upper level (juniors/seniors) undergraduates can apply to work with one of the following research lines:

1) Lidar remote sensing studies of microphysical properties of aerosols and clouds. 
In this research line we are working on applications of a newly developed Full Stokes Lidar. Applications to Clouds and Aerosols.
This research will be partially in the laboratory to set up the lidar receiver and perform lidar observations and, partially dedicated to run scattering codes to analyze field observations. 
Students from Engineering, Physics or Applied Mathematics are encouraged to apply.
2) Lidar Remote Sensing - Polarimetry and Raman Spectroscopy - . 
This project is in the construction and calibration phase. The instrument is intended to demonstrate the feasibility to simultaneously determine the fractions of ice, liquid and water vapor in tropospheric aerosols and cloud layers by means of laser spectroscopy.
The research will be in laboratory helping on instrument construction and calibration as well as in running the first set of observations. 
Students from Engineering or Physics are encouraged to apply. 
3) Chemical speciation and microphysical characteristics of volcanic ashes and Alaskan pollen by means of Laser Raman Spectroscopy and FT-IR microspectroscopy.
This research is to help in the determination of chemical species of volcanic ashes and Alaskan pollen through spectroscopic techniques. 
The student will run samples in the lab and then determine the chemical composition based on multiparametric non-linear fitting code developed in  Matlab. 
Students from Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Engineering,  Physics and Applied Mathematics are encouraged to apply. 
4) Changes in biogeochemical functions in boreal forest associated to extreme summer environmental conditions in high latitude. 
This research requires an analysis of large scale reanalysis data and in parallel determination of heat, moisture and carbon fluxes. 
Students from Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources and Physics are encouraged to apply.
5) Exploring new satellite remote sensing platforms for surface fluxes retrievals. 
This research entails processing new NASA and NOAA satellite remote sensing platforms and to explore the calculation of surface fluxes of heat and moisture. This effort has connections to Agricultural and hydrology research and to atmospheric sciences remote sensing and modeling cal/val. 
Students from Natural Resources, Engineering, Physics, etc. are encouraged to apply.

6) Use of CFD codes to compute aerodynamic performance in UAS systems
Implementation of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver oriented to unmanned aircraft systems development. CFD codes are used to numerically solve the fluid the around wings and aircraft body to compute lifting, drag and momentum in dynamic flying conditions and control. Familiarity with C language and Python is preferred. Students from Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Physics are encourage to apply.


Entrepreneurialism - Science and Engineering Technology Development

Mark Billingsley or Melissa McCumby
Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization

OIPC is looking for assistance in creating a marketability report for a technology owned by UAF. The report will help figure out where it fits in the commercial market, if it's ready for commercialization, who wants to buy it, and what needs to occur before delivering the project to market. This is open to students in business, science and engineering students. You'll be expected to put in 70 hours of work and compensation of $1,000 is available.
UAF’s office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC)
  • Encourage invention and innovation at UAF. Protect the Intellectual Property (IP) rights of UAF by patent, copyright, or other means. Transfer the results of UAF research to the public by bringing researchers and the business community together in a relationship of mutual advantage.
  • Generate income for future research and education.
  • Contribute to local, state, regional and national business competitiveness and economic development.
OIPC facilitates, advocates and collaborates with Faculty, Students and Staff to support an environment for invention and innovation by transferring and commercializing University intellectual assets into benefits for our region and the public good. OIPC conducts Inventors' Forums quarterly to educate the faculty, staff and students about various topics of interest like SBIR grants, areas of research development, small business development and software as a service, to name a few. OIPC encourages innovation through the annual Invent Alaska competition which offers a cash awards to the best disclosed technologies during the academic year. OIPC strongly believes that education of intellectual property and the technology transfer process is capable of creating a better employee when students enter the work force and can boost revenues for the university and speed the introduction of the results of UAF research into the market.



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