Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Research Excellence:

UAF Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty members have more than two million dollars per year of grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Energy (DOE), as well as from other federal and private sources.  Dozens of the forty graduate students in our programs are supported through research assistantships funded by these grants.  Annually, we produce an average of more than two peer-reviewed publications per faculty member.  Our annual newsletter (the AlasChemist) documents many of these research successes and our publications.  These projects provide excellent opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.  

Instrumentation for Research:

The Chemistry Department at UAF has a wide range of modern instruments available to undergraduate and graduate students.  The instruments are used at all levels of instruction. Faculty in the department have been active in writing grant proposals to the National Science Foundation for purchase of new instrumentation. For more information, please see our Instrumentation page.

Graduate Research: 

Graduate students in M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs are involved in a broad array of research, from laboratory investigations to field-based studies to international collaboration.  Our two focal areas for Ph.D. research, Biochemistry and Neuroscience and Environmental Chemistry provide excellent graduate research opportunities.  The M.S. and M.A. programs in Chemistry provide excellent training and enhanced employability at the masters level.  Our M.S. and Ph.D. graduates are in great demand, in industry, academia, and government.  See the faculty members' web pages and their laboratory group pages for more information.

Graduate students are provided a generous stipend and tuition waiver through either teaching or research assistantships.  See the Graduate Programs Pages for more information.  

Undergraduate Research:

The small class sizes at UAF and the close interaction between students and faculty provide a type of environment often missing in larger universities. Students are encouraged to visit faculty and to become involved in research as early as possible. Most of the upper division chemistry majors work in the teaching or research program. We have had numerous undergraduates co-publish their research results with faculty in the refereed scientific literature. This type of interaction, combined with a rigorous academic program, is responsible for the success of our students after graduation. We also have an excellent array of instruments available for undergraduate labs and undergraduate research.  Our departmental newsletter (found on the "about us" page) highlights student research projects working in faculty members' laboratories.

Dr. Chris Iceman works in a glove box in Dr. Tom Trainor's Environmental Chemistry research laboratory. UAF photo by Todd Paris.
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