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Beyond the outstanding dedication of its professors, UAS offers an incredibly unique and diverse learning experience. As an Environmental Science major, the location of the university created the opportunity for spectacular hands-on exploration within each and every class subject. It's not everywhere that a student can take a glaciology class, then spend a day applying the concepts on top of an actual glacier.

2016 Outstanding Graduate

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science

Alexander Ward Whitehead

My UAS Experience

UAS’s small size is one of its biggest charms. In my 5-year experience attending UAS, I have found that first and foremost, professors make themselves available for students to come in and discuss aspects of their classes. Beyond that, they even encourage and ask students to meet them during office hours for one-on-one discussions and help. I’d be hard-pressed to find the same dedication to the students at universities with larger class sizes. Beyond the outstanding dedication of its professors, UAS offers an incredibly unique and diverse learning experience. As an Environmental Science major, the location of the university created the opportunity for spectacular hands-on exploration within each and every class subject. It’s not everywhere that a student can take a glaciology class, then spend a day applying the concepts on top of an actual glacier; or supplement a biogeochemistry class with a field trip out to take stream and soil samples. Ultimately, these experiences create a very strong and relevant knowledge base that can then be easily applied to careers and internships within each degree field.

About Alexander Ward Whitehead

Alex is great to work with and is an exceptionally motivated student who is willing to challenge himself. It was a pleasure to see his academic and technical skills develop during his time at UAS. He has acquired a strong grasp of the various disciplines within Environmental Science, and is able to draw on that broad knowledge to contribute to lively classroom discussions. He works well independently and in a team environment, setting a high standard for collaborative projects in his coursework.

Outside of the classroom, Alex was heavily involved in two research projects, one focused on understanding the role of solar radiation in degrading organic matter in stream ecosystems and the other looking at how salmon alter the physicochemical properties of spawning streams. Alex was adept at both field and lab work and his strong work ethic and positive attitude made him an important contributor to both projects. In addition, Alex was able to present his research findings at a regional conference of the Alaska Chapter of the American Water Resources Association in 2014.

  • Eran Hood, Professor of Environmental Science & Geography
  • Lisa Hoferkamp, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Jason Amundson, Assistant Professor of Geophysics
Alex was heavily involved in two research projects, one focused on understanding the role of solar radiation in degrading organic matter in stream ecosystems and the other looking at how salmon alter the physicochemical properties of spawning streams.
  • Eran Hood, Professor of Environmental Science & Geography
  • Lisa Hoferkamp, Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Jason Amundson, Assistant Professor of Geophysics