Many of the major "real world" issues that Alaska deals with (climate change, affordable energy, cultural vulnerability) require an integrative approach for effective problem-solving. RAP students specialize in tackling policy-relevant research questions from many different disciplinary angles.
RAP students commonly engage local stakeholders in the research process, which increases the likelihood that research products meet the needs of Alaska communities.
RAP students have been active in every corner of Alaska, from the coastal rainforest in southeast Alaska to the sea ice north of Barrow. The program has a presence in the social, economic, and ecological research in dozens of communities and every major ecosystem in Alaska.