Research Courses

Undergraduate students at UAF have a large number of options for participating in research through designated courses. Within each department, courses ending in 87, 88 and 92 - 99 are research courses. Many departments offer additional courses. For specific details, please contact the department office in your area of interest.

Please note - all students wishing to take URSA F388 or URSA F488 must request permission from URSA Director Trent Sutton before registering for the class. Contact Dr. Sutton at 474-7285 or tmsutton@alaska.edu.

URSA Research Courses

URSA offers several courses for students to receive credit while participating in research:

  • F388 Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity I - students may register for 2 - 6 credits.
  • F488 Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity II leads to presentable work in the field. Students may register for 2 - 6 credits.
  • MRAP - Museum Research Apprenticeship Program pairs students with faculty mentors at the UA Museum of the North to conduct original research. Students interested in this program may contact the following faculty for current opportunities.

All URSA courses require the student to create and present their research or creative project in a poster or display at Research and Creative Activity Day, April 10, 2018.

F388 Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship I   Fall 2017

Course Information:             CRN 75380
Instructor:                            Trent Sutton, PhD
Contact Information:            tmsutton@alaska.edu; 474-7285
Office Location:                    URSA Office 301 Bunnell
Office Hours for students:    by appointment

Course Readings/Materials:
How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) http://www.cur.org

Course Description: Undergraduate research refers to a collaboration in original research and/or creative activity between an undergraduate student and a faculty member, leading to work which is presentable to scholars in the field. Research projects may be an element of the faculty member's work or could be initiated by the student. Undergraduate Research offers opportunities for student research in advanced topics beyond typical undergraduate course offerings. Enrolled students are required to make a poster presentation of their project and turn in a progress report. Research areas range across all disciplines. A substantial level of discipline-specific background, a level commensurate with having achieved junior or senior standing, is assumed.

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URSA 488 Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship II   Fall 2017

Course Information:              CRN 75381
Instructor:                             Trent Sutton, PhD
Contact Information:             tmsutton@alaska.edu; 474-7285
Office Location:                    URSA Office 301 Bunnell
Office Hours for Students:    by appointment

Course Readings/Materials:
How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) http://www.cur.org

Course Description:

Undergraduate research refers to collaboration in original research and/or creative activity between an undergraduate student and a faculty member, leading to work which is presentable to scholars in the field. Projects may be an element of the faculty member's work or could be initiated by the student. Undergraduate Research offers opportunities for student research in advanced topics beyond typical undergraduate course offerings. Enrolled student are required to make a presentation and turn in a final report. Research areas range across all disciplines. A substantial level of discipline-specific background, a level commensurate with having achieved junior or senior standing, is assumed.

MRAP - Museum Research Apprenticeship Program

The University of Alaska Museum of the North is Alaska’s de facto repository of natural history specimens and cultural objects, and we house multiple world-class research collections. Processing incoming specimens or objects and their associated data is a critical ongoing set of highly specialized tasks. Some of these tasks, for example, turn organisms into scientific specimens that are useful for questions in areas as diverse as evolution, ecology, genetics, conservation, and the changing environment. Others process objects of historic or contemporary culture or art for preservation and study of myriad questions about humans, past and present. Careful documentation and preservation are key parts of these processes, and these courses involve hands-on training and working research experience with specimens and objects and their associated data.

MRAP F288 Museum Research Apprentice I
1-2 Credits, Offered Fall and Spring

Provides opportunities for undergraduate student research or scholarship in museum-based subjects not available in typical undergraduate courses. Students are required to perform research tasks associated with specimens or objects and their associated data and to turn in a final report. Opportunities range across several museum-based disciplines (archaeology, botany, earth science, entomology, ethnology and history, film, fine art, ichthyology, mammalogy, informal science education, and ornithology). Course may be repeated. Instructor permission Student must contact a potential mentor before enrolling to determine whether matching opportunities exist.

MRAP F488 Museum Research Apprentice II

1-2 Credits, Offered Fall and Spring

Provides opportunities for advanced undergraduate student research or scholarship in museum-based subjects not available in typical undergraduate courses, building upon prior experience. Students are required to perform tasks associated with specimens, objects, and associated data and to turn in a final report. Opportunities range across several museum-based disciplines (archaeology, botany, earth science, entomology, ethnology and history, film, fine art, ichthyology, mammalogy, informal science education, and ornithology). Course repeatable to a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Student must contact potential mentor before enrolling to determine whether experience is sufficient and matching opportunities exist.

Contact these mentors for opportunities

Patrick Druckenmiller
Associate Professor of Geology, Curator of Earth Science
Office: 030 Museum
Phone: 907-474-6954
Email: psdruckenmiller@alaska.edu

Mareca Guthrie
Assistant Faculty of Art, Curator of Fine Arts
Office: Museum
Phone: 907-474-5012
Email: mrguthrie@alaska.edu

Stefanie Ickert-Bond
Associate Professor of Botany, Curator of Herbarium
Office: Museum 040
Phone: 907-474-6277
Email: smickertbond@alaska.edu

 

Andres Lopez
Associate Professor, Curator of Fishes and Marine Invertebrates
Office: Museum 044
Phone: 907-474-7828
Email: jalopez2@alaska.edu

Link Olson
Associate Professor, Curator of Mammals
Office: 036 Museum
Phone: (907) 474-5998
Email: leolson@alaska.edu

 

Joshua Reuther
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Curator of Archaeology
Office: 042 Museum
Phone: 907-474-6945
Email: jreuther@alaska.edu

Derek Sikes
Associate Professor of Entomology, Curator of Insects
Office: 032 Museum
Phone: 907-474-6278
Email: dssikes@alaska.edu

Kevin Winker
Professor, Curator of Birds
Office: 038 Museum
Phone: 907-474-7027
Email: kevin.winker@alaska.edu

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