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Monday, October 23, 2017

Undergraduate Research opportunity with BLaST

The Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program invites undergraduates at UAS, UAF, and Ilisagvik College to submit proposals for undergraduate research during the Spring 2018 semester.  Up to $2,500 will be awarded to students who have identified a project and mentor in biomedical or health research


The overarching goal of BLaST is to enhance undergraduate training and mentoring in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of rural campuses into a cohesive biomedical community in Alaska.


BLaST is one of ten Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiatives funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). 


To learn more and apply go to


Applications are due November 19, 2017.


If you need help identifying a project and/or finding a mentor visit the BLaST Website, email, or call 907-474-5111.



The BLaST Team

Brian Buma 01:38:45 PM
Monday, October 16, 2017

Visiting Faculty Program to work with the US DOE

The Office of Science / US Department of Energy is pleased to announce paid research appointment opportunities for fulltime faculty from areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Internship opportunities for STEM undergraduate or graduate students from the visiting faculty member’s institution, made at the visiting faculty member’s option, is available through an invitation process. The application system for the  Term Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) program is currently open, with all applications due by 05:00 PM Eastern Time on January 12, 2018.

The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) goal is to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and students at institutions of higher education historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce that addresses DOE mission areas. Through direct collaboration with research staff at DOE host laboratories, VFP appointments provide an opportunity for faculty and their students to develop skills applicable to programs at their home institutions; this helps increase the STEM workforce in DOE science mission areas at institutions historically under-represented within the DOE enterprise. Appointments are for 10 weeks during the Summer term, are open to US Citizens and US Lawful Permanent Residents, include a weekly stipend, reimbursement for one round trip domestic travel to the participant’s host DOE laboratory, and possibilities for a housing allowance. More than 75 faculty appointments, and 50 student internships, are sponsored annually.

Application is made online. Full program information and descriptions, including links to the online application system, are available at:

Brian Buma 05:14:57 PM
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

URECA 2018 - Applications due Novemember 20 by 5:00 PM

Attention All UAS Undergraduate Students, the 2018 URECA Award application for funding is now available!

UAS is excited to announce that this year’s Undergraduate REsearch and Creative Activity (URECA) application period is now open.  If you have a research or creative project that you would like to undertake, please consider applying for funding through URECA.  We can offer up to $2,500 to selected students who design and complete their own projects with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Application forms (either word or pdf document) are attached. Challenge yourself to dig into something you’ve always been curious about!  Read the application and see if it fits your project.  All majors are welcome to apply.

Important dates to note:

  • Deadline for submission of applications is 5:00 pm, November 20, 2017.
  • Award and funding notification for successful applicants will take place in January 2018.
  • Projects must be completed by June 15, 2018.
  • Successful applicants will present their projects to the UAS community at the April 2018 URECA symposium or another approved venue.

More information about URECA, including summaries of previous projects, is available at:

If you have questions about the URECA program please contact Assistant Professor Brian Buma ( or Grant Proposal Coordinator Kelly Jensen ( 

This could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for!


2018 URECA Student Awards Application
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2018 URECA Student Awards Application
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 Paula J.S. Martin, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences and Interim Vice-Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs

University of Alaska Southeast 

223 Soboleff Building

11066 Auke Lake Way

Juneau, AK 99801

Anita Parrish 03:06:01 PM URECA Undergraduate Research
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Undergraduate Student Opportunity

Undergraduate Student Opportunity:  two REU positions in northern Alaska

We are seeking enthusiastic undergraduate researchers interested in summer
field research in Alaska for two REU positions in the Bret-Harte and Ruess
labs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Our overall research objective
is to understand the ecosystem and global consequences of potential future
changes in arctic vegetation.  In this project, we are focusing on the
mechanisms by which increasing abundance of large deciduous shrubs in tundra
ecosystems may alter the near-surface cycling of C and N, and feedbacks to
further vegetation change. You will assist with fieldwork in arctic tundra
and laboratory work consisting of tasks such as plant sorting and data
entry. You will collaborate closely with the principal investigators,
graduate students, and technicians to develop an independent research
project of your own that will build on the ongoing research, and will
present your work at an informal symposium at the Toolik Field Station. In
addition, you will attend weekly seminars on the research at the station.
You will be based at the Toolik Field Station, north of the Brooks Range in
arctic Alaska (, which is the focus of research by
nearly >100 scientists who work on a variety of terrestrial and aquatic
ecology projects.  The positions will last approximately 10 weeks, starting
in mid-June, though there is some flexibility.

Class background in plant ecology, botany, ecosystem ecology, statistics,
and computer science would be an advantage.  Experience in field or
laboratory, experience with data analysis, and experience working in a
remote field site is preferred.  You should have skills with plant
identification, data collecting and recording, data manipulation in Excel,
and data analysis. You must be willing to work in the field, occasionally
under adverse weather conditions.  A valid U.S. drivers’s license is
preferred.  Competent, careful, emotionally mature, and enthusiastic people
desired!  We want the work to be both fun and challenging.  You must be a
U.S. citizen or permanent resident and currently enrolled in an
undergraduate degree program, with graduation expected no sooner than fall
2017.  You must provide a copy of your social security card at the time of
employment.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in this position, send 1) a copy of your resume,
including the names and contact information for 3 references, 2) a list of
your coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry, and math/statistics, and 3)
a cover letter than explains why you are interested, describes your
background and research experience, and includes anything that you think
would convince us that you are the most appropriate person for this
position, to Syndonia Bret-Harte, by April 10, 2017.
 We will contact you to discuss the position.

Kelly Jensen 04:19:01 PM
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Research Presentation: Glacier Bay ecology

Friday, March 31, at noon, Brian Buma will be presenting at the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (Juneau USFS Forest Science Lab, Auke Bay campus) on his work restarting the Glacier Bay long-term succession study, now the longest running primary succession plot network in the world.  All are welcome.

Brian Buma 10:25:25 AM
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PNW CESU Cooperative Ventures

News and funding opportunities from the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit: Cooperative Ventures is the newsletter of the Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (PNW CESU), hosted by the University of Washington's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. UAS is a member of this partnership for research, technical assistance, and education to enhance understanding and management of natural and cultural resources.

Cooperative Ventures 

Karen Schmitt 11:18:34 AM grant opportunity PNWCESU