Faculty and Research Leaders

Great Research that Involves Graduate and Undergraduates

CNSM faculty, graduate students and undergraduates help make UAF a leader in research.

  • All CNSM faculty are also researchers with the different institutions, centers and programs on campus.
  • The college is part of a university that is a land, sea and space grant institution.
  • CNSM has its own Division of Research which serves part of CNSM’s faculty and students.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students may find opportunities for research with our research partners like the Geophysical Institute, Institute of Arctic BiologyInternational Arctic Research Center and the University of Alaska Museum of the North  – all on the UAF campus.
  • CNSM faculty and students help make UAF a world leader in Arctic research. UAF leads all other single institutions in the number of citations and publications in arctic research
  • Our graduate and undergraduate students are doing amazing research projects like establishing climate zones for Alaska, creating better fire maps for the public, or studying volcanism in the Wrangells.
  • UAF goes the extra mile in trying to make sure undergraduates have research opportunities. There are grants for research and travel, classes that make learning how to research a priority and undergraduate research programs like the Research Experiences for Undergraduates.

Great Research Facilities on Campus

UAF researchers have great research facilities at their disposal. Here’s some examples of cutting-edge facilities near or on campus.

  • CNSM has an Advanced Instrumentation Lab with a state-of-the-art electron microprobe and other equipment that researchers across the state use.
  • Many UAF departments have their own labs where students can take classes to learn how to operate equipment.
  • The UA Museum of the North has amazing research collections including ones on Alaska dinosaurs.
  • The Permafrost Tunnel near the city of Fairbanks is a natural laboratory for permafrost-related science and engineering projects. It is owned by U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory and partnered with UAF & the Institute of Northern Engineering.
  • The Large Animal Research Station on campus serves research and education in high latitude biology and provides facilities for muskoxen and caribou.
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