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Biology and Wildlife Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Catherine Glover extracts DNA to identify diesel degrading bacteria associated with the roots of willow trees. Photo credit: Todd Paris

Faculty in the Biology and Wildlife Department firmly believe that research is a key component of an undergraduate education in biological sciences. Research provides students with the opportunity to pursue their own interests in biology while gaining invaluable hands-on experience, preparing them for their future careers in biology. Students work along side their professors and graduate students learning cutting-edge techniques in fields ranging from the ecology of the arctic environment to the molecular biology of viruses. Currently 50% of our undergraduate students are engaged in research in the fields of ecology, evolution, physiology, genetics and molecular biology.

How do you get involved with research?

Once you've completed the introductory courses in biology and chemistry (BIOL 115/116 and CHEM 105/106) you are ready for working in a lab or on a field-based research project! The first step towards finding the most appropriate mentor for your research project is to talk with your advisor about your research interests. He or she can help you contact the appropriate faculty member who can guide you in developing a research project tailored to meet your interests. There are multiple ways that you can become involved in research: you can volunteer, earn course credit (BIOL 497), or become employed as a research assistant. Research projects may last a single semester or multiple years. There are several programs at UAF that provide financial support for student researchers, including those listed to the right. Ready to get involved in research NOW? See our listing of Current Research Opportunities to find out what's available at UAF and other universities. You can also visit the UA Job Site and click on "Student Jobs" or "Temporary Jobs" to find a position as a paid research assistant.

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Research Support

Alaska IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (Alaska INBRE) is a statewide program to support new faculty, conduct research, provide new equipment, expand research infrastructure, and train Alaska students in biomedical research. INBRE offers travel awards and an undergraduate summer research experience. (more info…)

Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Alaska EPSCoR) is a university-state partnership which builds Alaska-based research. Resilience and Vulnerability in a Rapidly Changing North: The Integration of Physical, Biological and Social Processes. (more info…)


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