EPSCoR survey for NSF GRANTED collaboration

Three distant figures traverse through water along the coast of Tutka Bay. Starkly contrasted aquatic grasses billow in the clear water in the foreground, while a majestic snowy mountain juts against a clear blue sky.
Photo by Brenda Konar
Alaska EPSCoR Fire and Ice stream team members LeeAnn Munk, Eric Klein, and Jordan Jenckes approaching a sampling site at Tutka Bay.

Researchers at the University of Alaska know that undertaking research at a university disconnected from the continental United States poses many unique challenges, such as isolation, lack of resources, and difficulty attracting, cultivating and retaining talent.

The Alaska Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research invites University of Alaska faculty, staff and students to complete a 15-minute survey on their experiences of working and studying at a remote university and ideas on addressing challenges.

This survey serves as the first step of a collaborative effort to develop strategies for overcoming these barriers. Survey results will guide the direction of an endeavor orchestrated by a partnership between the Alaska EPSCoR and fellow remotely-located EPSCoR units at the University of the Virgin Islands, the University of Hawai’i, the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Guam.

Together they received an award from the National Science Foundation’s Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity (NSF GRANTED) program, which provides funding opportunities to strengthen institutional support systems at emerging research institutions.

Please share your perspective through this survey!

For more information or questions, contact EPSCoR Program Director Brenda Konar at bhkonar@alaska.edu.