Why CNSM faculty and students
stand out in research

1. We have a lot of bright minds focused on research

  • Making part of a brain transparent. (undergraduate)
  • Creating climate zones for Alaska. (graduate student)
  • Using acoustic instruments to study how glaciers are receding (faculty)

Sound interesting? That’s because our undergraduates, graduate students and faculty are doing interesting research like the projects above. And students have been just as important as the faculty in establishing UAF’s reputation as a research leader. All together, we have more than 200 faculty and students are engaged in research at any one time.

2. UAF is rich with research resources

UAF is the state’s leading research university and a world leader in Arctic research. It has a museum and more than 20 research institutes, centers and cooperative units related to science which means there’s a lot of opportunity for students and faculty to be involved with exciting research.

3. Researchers are teachers

Lucky for us, our faculty members at CNSM are just as passionate about teaching as they are about researching, which means students aren’t just learning about what’s in a textbook – they’re hearing about research in real time. Some classes even offer research opportunities.

4. Research is varied

We have 115 tenured faculty members in CNSM, all of whom are researchers in one or more of the following disciplines: atmospheric sciences, biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, wildlife conservation, geosciences, mathematics and statistics, physics, and veterinary medicine.

5. Oh, and did we mention the location?

Alaska – it’s big, wild and home to amazing plants, animals and people. Where else can you see grizzly bears, polar bears, sea lions and migrating caribou all in the same state? Because much of Alaska is still wilderness, many people live off the land and researchers are studying how the health of wildlife, people and their environment are related. And of course, we have the Arctic. Our researchers are trying to understand and predict how climate change will affect the Arctic and the rest of the world.

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