Creativity's lasting power
The office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Activity (URSA) supports, develops and institutionalizes UAF's diverse and robust programs of undergraduate research and creative projects.
At all levels, URSA aims to improve skills in critical thinking and communication, to engender a culture of life-long learning among all students, as well as enhance preparation and education of students who will fill the needs of Alaska's 21st century workforce and society.
URSA is UAF's resource for the development and promotion of experiential learning activities that engage undergraduate students to support UAF's goal to become a leading student-focused research university.
Undergraduate research and creative activity at UAF covers all disciplines, from climate sciences to music, engineering, anthropology, life sciences, art and theater.
- English - A summer-long writing project that interrogated the relationship between geographic place, history and image.
- Art – A student worked with an internationally acclaimed artist at a workshop about portraying figurative sculpture in clay.
- Theater – A student created original costumes for UAF theater productions.
- Music – A student traveled to Italy with the Alaska Chamber Chorale Tour and explored the role of a music educator.
- Art/Photography - A student created an art exhibit focused on homelessness.
Provost Prakash with Dean's Choice Award winner Tracy Asicksik at URSA's 2018 Research and Creative Activity Day. (Credit JR Ancheta)
Applications are now CLOSED
Every fall, full-time UAF faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students from all disciplines and campuses are eligible to apply for awards of up to $5,000 for mentoring undergraduate research and scholarly learning opportunities.
FUNDING OPTIONS INCLUDE; fellowships for undergraduate students, travel for undergraduate students, limited travel for the mentor, and supplies and/or services to help support undergraduate research and scholarly activity initiatives.
Applications are now CLOSEDDegree-seeking UAF undergraduate students (enrolled in six or more credits), graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral researchers and staff from all disciplines and campuses are eligible to apply for awards of up to $500 to work with a community partner to explore a community need or problem through research or scholarly activity.Winners will be announced November 6, 2020.
While faculty, post-docs, graduate students and staff are eligible to apply, the focus must be on supporting undergraduate learning.
Deadline to apply: November 8, 2020
Project awards are for undergraduate students planning to conduct research or pursue creative projects.
- Up to $2,500 for an individual
- Up $5,000 for a group of two or more students
These awards may be used to cover: student stipend, tuition, travel (for conducting field work - pending on COVID-19 restrictions), and supplies or services.
Webinar on student persistent undergraduate research
Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 1-2 p.m. | Download the flyer (PDF)
Discussion on challenges in mentoring undergraduate students in research or creative projects with Katelyn Cooper from Arizona State University.
UAF celebrates undergraduate research and creative activities every spring!All UAF undergraduate students are invited to present their work at this event. Research posters, presentations, displays and demonstrations of creative projects are welcome from every academic discipline.
Event details coming soon
Curious about URSA's past activities? Please visit our Annual Reports' page to learn more about our contribution to UAF's undergraduate research.