Biological Sciences: Hannah Glesener
Chemistry: Abby Amick
I’m graduating this year with a B.S. in Chemistry. I was born and raised in Anchorage
and I love to run, hike, and cross country ski. During my 4 years at UAF, I got the
chance to work on research with Dr. Guerard and Dr. Murphy involving the study of
permafrost lakes using NMR. I really enjoyed this project. I also worked with Dr.
Mao on finding a method to quantify the air pollutant HMS. I appreciated the chance
to get research experience and to learn what I might like to do in the future. After
I graduate, I plan to pursue a state or federal job in chemistry. I’m also excited
to continue my hobby of writing and singing songs for piano and guitar. Music has
been a huge source of inspiration for me, and I loved taking singing lessons at UAF
and meeting new friends through music.
Geoscience: Cyan Woodward
My name is Cyan Woodward, and I will be graduating with a B.S. in Geoscience in the
spring of 2022. As my undergraduate degree comes to a close, it is a great honor to
be recognized by the department, and I thank all the professors and faculty who supported
me through my education. One of my biggest goals for the future is to contribute to
the climate research that is occurring here in the arctic. I believe that Paleoclimate
research will help us understand future ecological and environmental changes, and
provide a framework for arctic policy in the years to come.
Outside of the classroom, I take pride in being active in my community. I am the founder
and current President of UAF’s Students of Color Association, and I am also an Honors
Scholar, and a soon-to-be Honors College graduate. I look forward to being active
in my community even after graduating, and having the opportunity to make positive
impacts here in Alaska.
Mathematics: Morgen Crow
Wildlife Biology & Conservation: Sophia Bracio
I recently graduated from UAF with a BS in Wildlife Biology and Conservation in December
2021. I was born in Austria but grew up in Idaho, Alaska, and Germany. The time I
spent growing up in Alaska sparked my love for animals and nature, which has guided
both my professional and academic aspirations. Alaska’s wilderness especially captivated
me and led to my decision to pursue my undergraduate degree in wildlife biology at
I spent the last 2 years working at the Large Animal Research Station and I recently
participated in an aerial moose survey in Gates of the Arctic National Park. This
work has been very rewarding and as I gain more experience in the field of wildlife
biology I am constantly affirmed in my decision to pursue this path for my future.
My next goal is to attend graduate school in the lower 48 and then return to Alaska
to find work in the field of wildlife biology. When I am not working I love to spend
time outdoors hiking with my dog, fishing, rock climbing, horseback riding, and skiing.
I love feeling connected with nature and am most content when I am surrounded by Alaska’s
vast wilderness, which helps me clear my mind and refuel to continue working hard
to achieve my goals.
Statistics: Elizabeth Rasmus
I was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and have long family roots in the Pacific Northwest,
spending summers near the ocean with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in
Westport, WA. I am a third-year student working towards a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
with a concentration in Statistics. I plan to earn a Master of Science in Statistics
and move on to a PhD program. Along with cuddling my cats and reading fantasy and
science fiction, collecting and counting things like marbles and cards have been my
favorite pastimes. Math has always been one of the clearest windows to the natural
world for me. I want to help humanity make sense of our surroundings and current circumstances
by reaching to the heart of existing data. I feel my job as a statistician won’t be
to make people trust blindly in the numbers, but to make those numbers more inherently
trustworthy and applicable to real world problems and solutions.