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2018 - 2019 Opportunities

Big data climate research

Contact:
Uma Bhatt
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Email: usbhatt@alaska.edu

Are you interested in mining big data to investigate Alaska/Arctic climate or fire weather and sea ice seasonal forecasts? Do you like to make plots to explain the story that climate data tells? Contact Dr. Bhatt to learn more about potential projects related to high-latitude climate processes. 

 

Thermal comfort research

Contact: Dr. Nicole Mölders
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Email: cmoelders@alaska.edu

Undergraduate students interested in:

1) Research on the thermal comfort at various ambient temperatures
- Carrying out comfort surveys and relating them to meteorological conditions.
- Students from engineering, geography and geophysics are encouraged to apply

2) Transpiration experiments
- Building a mannequin that pulls water from a reservoir to measure its skin temperature, evaporation of water at different ambient air temperatures.


 

Weather and climate research at the Lidar Research Laborary at Poker Flats Research Range

Contact:
Richard Collins
Professor of Atmospheric Science
(907) 474-7607
301 Akasofu Building
rlcollins@alaska.edu

Undergraduates have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects addressing the weather and climate of the upper atmosphere. Students can work on experimental projects and observations associated with the Lidar Research Laboratory at Poker Flat Research Range (LRL-PFRR). Students can also work on analytical projects using datasets that have been acquired at LRL-PFRR.
 
 

Several opportunities in Atmospheric Science

Contact: Dr. Javier Fochesatto
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Email: gjfochesatto@alaska.edu

Upper level (juniors/seniors) undergraduates (Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Natural Resources) can apply to work with one of the following research lines:
1) Lidar remote sensing studies of microphysical properties of aerosols and clouds.
2) Lidar Remote Sensing - Polarimetry and Raman Spectroscopy - .
3) Chemical speciation and microphysical characteristics of volcanic ashes and Alaskan pollen by means of Laser Raman Spectroscopy and FT-IR microspectroscopy.
4) Changes in biogeochemical functions in boreal forest associated to extreme summer environmental conditions in high latitude.
5) Exploring new satellite remote sensing platforms for surface fluxes retrievals.
6) Use of CFD codes to compute aerodynamic performance in Unmanned Aircraft systems


 

Taxonomic intelligence for a new flora of Alaska

Contact:
Steffi Ickert-Bond
Associate Professor of Botany and Curator of the Herbarium (ALA), UA Museum
907-474-6277 (office)
smickertbond@alaska.edu

Campbell Webb
907-474-7109
cowebb@alaska.edu

Dr. Ickert-Bond is looking for three highly motivated students to work with plant taxonomy and contribute to the development of the new Flora of Alaska. Students will help with taxonomic detective work, data curation, and gain skills in biodiversity informatics. Opportunities start with one semester and may available for up to three years.

Students may be any year of study and will earn $12/hour. The call for this position will be on UAF job site soon. http://alaska.edu/jobs/
 

Data Visualization intern for Arctic soundscape project

Contact:
Taylor Stinchcomb   

Todd Brinkman
474-7139 
tjbrinkman@alaska.edu

Alaska EPSCoR is seeking an undergraduate student (sophomore, junior or senior) to assist with a data visualization project for the Spring semester. The student will work with researchers to design and execute an interactive visualization of soundscape research on aircraft activity over traditional (subsistence) harvest areas. The data were collected along caribou harvest corridors for the village of Nuiqsut in 2016. Preference will be given to a student from a North Slope community who is currently in good academic standing at UAF.

Some experience with web design, computer programming and/or GIS would be beneficial but not required.

Funding:
Student Assistant C position, up to 20 hours per week

 

VIrtual Reality Lab Assistants in Tok and Fairbanks

Contact:
Josh Lupinek

This position will assist UAF School of Management Virtual Reality Lab researchers in facilitating a new virtual reality research fitness laboratory within the Pogo Mine Learning Center. The goal of this project is to conduct feasibility pilot research relating to the health impact virtual reality gaming can have on rural Alaskan community fitness.

Approximately 10 hours a week during academic semesters, some morning SOM VR Lab hours, various afternoon meetings, and occasional evening SOM VR Lab Hours from 5-9pm.  There are additional opportunities for employment during academic breaks.

Funding:
Student C position in Fairbanks, click here for details.

Two additional Student C positions are available in Tok, Alaska. Click here for details.
These positions will assist UAF School of Management Virtual Reality Lab researchers in facilitating a new virtual reality research fitness laboratory at the UAF Tok Center. The goal of this project is to conduct pilot research relating to the health impact virtual reality gaming can have on rural Alaskan community fitness.

 

Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis of forest cover and climate data in Interior Alaska

Contact:
Falk Huettmann

Seeking 2 students, any year of study, willing to learn and work on GIS, climate and wildlife data.
This project provides opportunities for students to explore and work-up specific forestry and climate GIS data for birds and habitats in Interior Alaska.

Students will gain experience in learning geographic information systems (GIS, ArcGIS or QGIS), insights into landscape ecology, bird, habitat and climate management issues, and digital data skills for Alaska. Office space, hardware and software provided.

Experience required:
R skills would ideal, or at least a willingness to learn

Funding:
None provided. Students would need to seek funding from URSA Project application or find another source if they require funding. Project coordinator would help with the process.

 

 

Plant Genetics and Hybridization

Contact:
Steffi Ickert-Bond
Associate Professor of Botany and Curator of the Herbarium (ALA), UA Museum
907-474-6277 (office)

This study will expand our understanding of the role of glacial cycles in producing genetic and taxonomic diversity by untangling the complex network of divergences and hybridization events that have generated diversity in a Beringian polyploid complex.  Learn state-of-the art
molecular sequencing techniques to better understand plant biodiversity in Alaska and visit some amazing field sites in the Aleutians.


     
Ickert-Bond lab website
http://www.frontierbotany.info

Herbarium website and Facebook
http://www.uaf.edu/museum/collections/herb/
https://www.facebook.com/ALAHerbarium/

Atmospheric Science

 

Contact:
Dr. Javier Fochessato
907-474-7602
317 Akasofu Building
gjfochessato@alaska.edu
 
 
Upper level (juniors/seniors) undergraduates can apply to work with one of the following research lines:

1) Lidar remote sensing studies of microphysical properties of aerosols and clouds. 
In this research line we are working on applications of a newly developed Full Stokes Lidar. Applications to Clouds and Aerosols.
This research will be partially in the laboratory to set up the lidar receiver and perform lidar observations and, partially dedicated to run scattering codes to analyze field observations. 
Students from Engineering, Physics or Applied Mathematics are encouraged to apply.
 
2) Lidar Remote Sensing - Polarimetry and Raman Spectroscopy - . 
This project is in the construction and calibration phase. The instrument is intended to demonstrate the feasibility to simultaneously determine the fractions of ice, liquid and water vapor in tropospheric aerosols and cloud layers by means of laser spectroscopy.
The research will be in laboratory helping on instrument construction and calibration as well as in running the first set of observations. 
Students from Engineering or Physics are encouraged to apply. 
 
3) Chemical speciation and microphysical characteristics of volcanic ashes and Alaskan pollen by means of Laser Raman Spectroscopy and FT-IR microspectroscopy.
This research is to help in the determination of chemical species of volcanic ashes and Alaskan pollen through spectroscopic techniques. 
The student will run samples in the lab and then determine the chemical composition based on multiparametric non-linear fitting code developed in  Matlab. 
Students from Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Engineering,  Physics and Applied Mathematics are encouraged to apply. 
 
4) Changes in biogeochemical functions in boreal forest associated to extreme summer environmental conditions in high latitude. 
This research requires an analysis of large scale reanalysis data and in parallel determination of heat, moisture and carbon fluxes. 
Students from Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources and Physics are encouraged to apply.
 
5) Exploring new satellite remote sensing platforms for surface fluxes retrievals. 
This research entails processing new NASA and NOAA satellite remote sensing platforms and to explore the calculation of surface fluxes of heat and moisture. This effort has connections to Agricultural and hydrology research and to atmospheric sciences remote sensing and modeling cal/val. 
Students from Natural Resources, Engineering, Physics, etc. are encouraged to apply.

6) Use of CFD codes to compute aerodynamic performance in UAS systems
Implementation of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver oriented to unmanned aircraft systems development. CFD codes are used to numerically solve the fluid the around wings and aircraft body to compute lifting, drag and momentum in dynamic flying conditions and control. Familiarity with C language and Python is preferred. Students from Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Physics are encourage to apply.
 
 

 

Entrepreneurialism - Science and Engineering Technology Development

Contact:Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization
907-474-2605
uaf-oipc@alaska.edu

OIPC welcomes applications from students interested in assisting with creating marketability reports for technologies owned by UAF.  Each report will analyze where a technology may fit in the market, assess the technology's stage of development, identify potential customers, and describe any work that must occur before delivering the technology to the market. This opportunity is open to students in the business, science, and engineering disciplines. Students will be expected to put in up to 60 hours of work; compensation of up to $750 is available.

UAF’s office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC) works to identify university innovations, analyze such technologies for marketability and patentability, protect the technologies as intellectual property, and market and license the technologies for the benefit of the public, the university, and our community."

 

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