Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity
As a research university, UAF offers students opportunities to participate in experimental and observational research and creative scholarship. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity supports, develops, documents and institutionalizes UAF's diverse and robust programs of undergraduate research and scholarly activity. Building on existing efforts and capacities, URSA enables UAF students to pursue varying levels of research engagement from a single credit of first-year seminar to independent scholarly investigations, a BFA exhibit or performance, or a senior thesis.
Undergraduate students from all disciplines are eligible to engage in research or creative scholarly activity for academic credit or for pay. All UAF students are eligible to enroll in URSA courses and apply for URSA awards that support their research or creative projects with funding travel, supplies and stipends. First-year students and new transfer students are encouraged to attend the 1 credit URSA seminar to learn about research and creative opportunities across all disciplines at UAF. Sophomores, juniors and seniors can use URSA as a resource to assist in identifying a faculty mentor with whom they might work on a research or creative project. The project may be designed by the student or the faculty mentor and will lead to creation of knowledge.