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)
Opens January 18, 2021
Project awards are for undergraduate students planning to conduct research or pursue creative projects.
These awards may be used to cover: student stipend, tuition, travel (for conducting field work - pending on COVID-19 restrictions), and supplies or services. Up to $5,000 for an individual, as well as for a group of two or more students
Congratulations to the 2021 Spring Project recipents!
Awarded projects range across a wide variety of topics, such as an opera, reindeer's auditory capability, robotics, how people interpret smileys, surveying the Northern Environmental Art-Science Landscape, and so much more!
Due to COVID-19, all physical travel funding has been canceled, but registration fees to an online event can still be funded!
Students that have been accepted to present at a virtual conference/meeting may still apply to receive funding to cover their registration fee.
Applications are accepted any time throughout the year, however, applications should try be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the event.
If you are interested in doing research or a scholarly activity at UAF, but not sure where to start, look here! We are constantly updating this page to showcase undergraduate opportunities in all departments and fields. Can't find what you are looking for? Contact us!
UAF celebrates undergraduate research and creative activities every spring!All UAF undergraduate students are invited to present their work at this event along with all the 2020 URSA awardees.
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.
If you've missed, please take the time to watch this recording. Guest Speaker: Kathlyn Cooper, assistant professor at Arizona State University. Topic: Factors that predict student persistence in research: From lab to mental health.