UAF Climate Scholars Intensive



The Climate Scholars Program helps students to study the intersections of climate change in the geography of Alaska. Join us to learn how you can make a difference!

UAF Climate Scholars Program Intensive

These courses are opportunities to study with expert faculty in some of Alaska’s most unique ecosystems. We invite you to the remote places in Alaska where you will integrate theoretical knowledge with practical experiences to gain new skills in environmental data analysis, visualization, effective advocacy while gaining a new perspective and context for Earth Systems. Take part in unique field-based, learning and research. Climate graduates distinguish themselves as capable of envisioning, explaining, and catalyzing innovative pathways to climate change solutions.

  • Transdisciplinary Climate Change Intensive
    HONR F294 Section 1, CRN: 53297  Enrollment Capacity: 12
    Location: Toolik Lake Field Station
    Dates: June 3-7, 2022

  • Climate Change Communication and Advocacy
    HONR F294 Section 2, CRN 53279 Enrollment Capacity: 12
    Location: Tidelines Institute, Inian Islands Campus, Southeast Alaska
    Dates: June 2-10, 2022

  • Alaska Climate Change Research Intensive
    HONR F294 Section 3, CRN 53280  Enrollment Capacity: 10 (FULL)
    Location: Bonanza Creek LTER Site and UAF Campus
    Dates: August 8 - 12, 2022



Course Details

Transdisciplinary Climate Change Intensive Course Description // 2 credits

Tackle real-world aspects of climate change with an innovative approach. Focus on a pre-identified problem to investigate at Toolik Field Station’s northern field site. Equal emphasis will be placed on the contributions of social science, natural science, and humanities disciplines deliberately disrupting the common roles played by social science and humanities as translators of natural science projects rather than contributors of meaningful and actionable insights in their own rights. Students who complete this intensive will be better equipped to communicate and collaborate to solve problems using the aggregate energy and knowledge of multiple participants. *an 8-day quarantine is required for this intensive

Climate Change Communication and Advocacy Course Description // 2 credits

Find your voice in the climate movement with this summer intensive focused on climate change communication and advocacy. The serene and rugged Tidelines campus provides an unparalleled setting for students to learn about and reflect on the societal and cultural transformations that are needed to address the climate crisis. Students engage in living within a smaller ecological personal footprint, exploring what’s possible in micro renewable energy, wild foods gathering, and small-scale agricultural and composting systems. Students who complete this intensive will be better equipped to actively participate in climate action, communication, and advocacy. *Transportation to Juneau is not covered by the program and is the student's responsibility along with proof of vaccination. 

(COURSE FULL) Alaska Climate Change Research Intensive Course Description // 2 credits

Experience climate change field research at ground zero. In Alaska, rapidly warming temperatures are thawing permafrost, changing vegetation, and increasing wildfires at unprecedented rates. This 8-day research program immerses students in research on the impacts of climate change.  Students will gain experience in ecological fieldwork, lab procedures, and data analysis and design their own research projects alongside professional climate change scientists. Students will leave with a finalized project complete with a presentation poster suitable for a professional science conference. The intensive includes field excursions to interest and research sites such as the Permafrost Research Tunnels, operational reindeer farm and geothermal energy facility, and Denali National Park.

Climate Scholar Intensive Information Sheet


Interested students are encouraged to apply for a CSP Intensive before May 1, 2022. Accepted student will enroll at UAOnline.

Denali National Park in the fall with Denali in the background
Bonzanza Creek