What is UArctic?

UAF is a member of UArctic, a network of universities, research centers and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. UArctic institutions share resources, facilities and expertise with students, scientists and northern communities. Whether it’s student exchange or research collaboration, we all benefit when we share what we know.

All eight circumpolar countries are represented in UArctic: Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States. Many more institutions come from countries outside the North, but all are engaged in northern issues.

Find out more about UArctic at UAF: Marie-Sylvestre Olesen (molesen@alaska.edu, 907-474-2679)
Visit UArctic at www.uarctic.org.
Read UArctic's annual magazine, Shared Voices.

Circumpolar studies and field schools

UArctic’s circumpolar studies program lets students learn about the lands, peoples and issues of the circumpolar North. It also prepares students for advanced study or professional employment in many fields. More information about the program and its core classes can be found here. Field schools in unique locations in the circumpolar North are open to students and faculty. Check the field school calendar here to see what adventures are coming up. 

North2north exchange program

Want to study abroad in a northern country? UAF graduate and undergraduate students can choose from more than 50 institutions in the circumpolar countries through the north2north exchange program. Some students are even eligible for scholarships or fellowships.

Contact: Nicole Balazs, International Programs and Initiatives, nicole.balazs@alaska.edu, 907-474-6516. 

Are you a student from another university who wants to go on exchange to UAF? Contact your home university’s north2north office, or contact Nicole (above), and she will help refer you.


Student research

Research is at the heart of UArctic, and students are the new blood that pushes for innovation and resourcefulness. UAF graduate students, as well as some undergraduates, can select one of more than two dozen thematic networks, which focus on subjects like engineering, geopolitics, climate change and indigenous issues, or design a study and research program of their own, in cooperation with their UAF school or college and another UArctic institution.

Contact: Mike Castellini, UArctic vice president academic, macastellini@alaska.edu, 907-474-6825


Faculty members

Teaching and research faculty members can participate in one of more than two dozen thematic networks, which focus on subjects like engineering, geopolitics, climate change and indigenous issues.  

UAF is active in the following thematic networks. To learn about other thematic networks, visit www.uarctic.org.

Thematic network UAF contact
Arctic extractive industries Terrence Cole
Arctic sustainable arts and design David Mollett, Todd Sherman
Arctic telecommunications and networking Karl Kowalski
Local and Regional Development in the North Miranda Wright
Model Arctic Council  Brandon Boylan, Mary Ehrlander
Natural hazards John Eichelberger, Jeff FreymuellerScott Rupp
Northern food security Milan Shipka
Northern tourism Kevin Hillmer-Pegram
Permafrost Kenji Yoshikawa
Polar Ice, Climate and Land Dynamics Vladimir Alexeev, John Walsh
Verdde (indigenous exchange and language) Sean Asiqluq Topkok

Contact: Mike Castellini, UArctic vice president academic, macastellini@alaska.edu, 907-474-6825




Carolyn Kozak, a master’s student in Arctic and northern studies, has been named the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ student ambassador to the University of the Arctic. Read more at bit.ly/uaf040511.

The northern tourism thematic network published a paper, "Arctic Tourism: Realities and Possibilities," in the Arctic Yearbook 2014. You can download the report here. The work was co-authored by UAF network lead Kevin Hillmer-Pegram.

Two UAF researchers selected as Arctic Fulbright Scholars

Complete list of Arctic Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright program focuses on climate change 

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