Other Student Research Opportunities


Communicate the lived experience of climate change from the perspective of Iņupiat Elders

Tracie Curry

Mentor seeking one undergraduate student researcher with an interest in fine arts, Alaska Native history, social/cultural anthropology, and/or communications. This exciting research initiative explores visual tools and representational techniques to help communicate the lived experience of climate change to outsider audiences from the perspective of Iñupiat Elders from North Slope Alaska. The student researcher will participate in transcribing and analyzing Elder interviews, and will help identify common themes of social environmental change to become the focus of visual narratives. Interested students must be willing to dedicate a minimum of 3 hours per week to this project. Students can apply for URSA funding to receive either a stipend or academic credits with a tuition award for the spring semester.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Tracie Curry

Communications (speech anxiety) research assistant needed Spring 2017

Dr. Amy May

The Department of Communication and Journalism is looking for an undergraduate research assistant for spring 2017.  

We are testing the effectiveness of the Oculus Rift as a tool to reduce speech anxiety among undergraduate students in an entry-level public speaking course.  We are looking for an undergraduate research partner to help with data collection (distributing surveys, conducting interview, etc.) data analysis (quantitative and qualitative), and writing/presenting our findings to the academic community.

$12.00 per hour, 20 hours per week (negotiable), approx. 10 weeks (start and end date negotiable).  Student must be flexible with schedule as we will be recruiting participants from morning, evening, and Saturday sessions. 

Atmospheric Science

Dr. Javier Fochessato

Upper level students 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 the scattering codes to analyze field observations. Students from Engineering, Physics or 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 using Laser Raman Spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy and SEM.
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.

Entrepreneurialism - Science and Engineering Technology Development

Mark Billingsley or Melissa McCumby
Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization

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.



Plant Genetics and Hybridization

Students interested in an independent research project in plants genetics and hybridization should contact Dr. Steffi Ickert-Bond.

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

Herbarium website and Facebook

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