RAP
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Program overview

Each graduate student participates in a set of core training activities that include classes, an internship experience, seminars, an annual retreat, and other special events.  

This training program builds on and contributes to existing degree-granting graduate programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in ecology, biology and wildlife, natural resources management, economics, political science, geology, geophysics, engineering, anthropology, and other disciplines.

Our students work with many of UAF’s active research centers and programs such as the International Arctic Research Center, the Institute of Arctic Biology, the Center for Alaska Native Health  Research, the Alaska Native Language Center, the Scenarios Network for Alaska PlanningCold Regions Housing Research Center, and the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy.  


RAP students frequently collaborate with other universities, institutes, communities, Native organizations, non-government organizations, and state and federal agencies.

A Representative PhD Program

Year 1

Fall semester

  • Global-to-Local Sustainability (3 credits)
  • Resilience Seminar I (1 credit)
  • RAP short "module" courses (1 credit) on economics, anthropology, and/or ecology, depending on the background of the student
  • Other graduate courses at the discretion of the student’s graduate committee

Spring semester

  • Integrated Assessment & Adaptive Management (3 credits)
  • Resilience Seminar II (1 credit)
  • Develop graduate research prospectus and design internship
  • Other graduate courses at the discretion of the student’s graduate committee

Summer

  • Resilience Internship (2 credits)

Year 2

  • Serve as teaching assistant
  • Classes at the discretion of the student’s graduate committee
  • ALL RAP Seminars (once a month). Guest lectures and presentations by RAP students on their research
  • Refine research plan and initiate thesis research

Year 3

  • ALL RAP Seminars (once a month). Guest lectures and presentations by RAP students on their research
  • Conduct research

Year 4 (and 5, if appropriate)

  • ALL RAP Seminars (once a month). Guest lectures and presentations by RAP students on their research
  • Conduct research, analyze data, complete dissertation, and publish findings

A Representative Masters Program

Year 1

Fall semester

  • Global-to-Local Sustainability (3 credits)
  • Resilience Seminar I (1 credit)
  • RAP short "module" courses (1 credit) on economics, anthropology, and/or ecology, depending on the background of the student
  • Other graduate courses at the discretion of the student’s graduate committee

Spring semester

  • Integrated Assessment & Adaptive Management (3 credits)
  • Resilience Seminar II (1 credit)
  • Develop graduate research prospectus and design internship
  • Other graduate courses at the discretion of the student’s graduate committee

Summer

  • Resilience Internship (2 credits)

Year 2 (and 3, if appropriate)

  • Classes at the discretion of the graduate committee
  • ALL RAP Graduate Seminars (once a month)
  • Conduct research or further internships and complete thesis 
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