B&W Undergraduate Research
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 to the molecular biology of viruses.
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 below. Ready to get involved in research NOW? Check out the listing below to see possible research opportunities at UAF and other universities. You can also visit the UA Careers Site and click on "Student Employee" or "Temporary" work types to find a position as a paid research assistant.
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.
Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) is a program with the overarching goal to enhance undergraduate training and mentoring in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of rural campuses into a cohesive biomedical community in Alaska.
Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) is a UAF resource for the development and promotion of experiential learning activities that engage undergraduate students in research and creative activity at UAF, covering disciplines from climate sciences to music, engineering, anthropology, life sciences, and theater.
Cell biology - opportunities to work on one of the projects listed below. Funding may be available. Contact Andrej Podlutsky, email@example.com.
- Hibernation and DNA repair
- DNA in virally-infected cells
- DNA repair in cancer cell lines
- Gene-specific DNA repair
Environmental microbiology - opportunities to study the biodegradation of petroleum and other contaminants in marine and terrestrial environments. Involves lab research (e.g.nculturing, incubations, DNA sequencing, analytical chemistry) with opportunities for occasional field work. Contact Mary Beth Leigh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum entomology - opportunities to work (10-20h/wk) or volunteer (1-2h/wk) as a lab technician preparing, sorting, identifying, and curating insect specimens for various projects. Contact Derek Sikes, email@example.com.
Plant taxonomy - Contribute to the development of the new Flora of Alaska. Help with taxonomic detective work, data curation, and gain skills in biodiversity informatics. Contact Steffi Ickert-Bond, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landscape ecology - Mapping and digital analysis of sensitive animal populations - Contact Falk Huettmann email@example.com
Field ecology - opportunities available to study insect-plant interactions in the Fairbanks area, primarily in summer. Contact Diane Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.org.