Application process is now open for our 2021 summer REU program. Note that some projects are not available, because we offered those vacancies to students who got selected last year. Each project will indicate a preference for the mode of interaction between instructors and students (virtual vs. in-person). We will stay flexible and, depending on the COVID-19 situation, might need to adjust the whole program.

The program will start on June 7 and end on August 6, 2021.

The application deadline is February 28, 2021.

The Arctic climate is changing. Today, more than ever, an integrated cross-disciplinary approach is necessary to understand and explain changes in the Arctic and the implications of those changes. Responding to needs in innovative research and education for understanding high-latitude rapid climate change, researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) are establishing a new REU site, aiming to attract more undergraduates, including students from minority groups, to arctic sciences. The overarching goal of this project is to disseminate new knowledge and discoveries at the frontiers of polar science and ignite the enthusiasm of the undergraduates about the Arctic thus contributing to the development of a diverse and environmentally educated U.S. science and engineering workforce. The science focus of this program, building upon the ongoing research strengths of UAF, will be on understanding Arctic as a system with emphasis on its physical component. The goals will be achieved by organizing summer research experience for undergraduates during which students will be involved in research and educational projects with their mentors and take advantage of collaboration with the proposing team and other UAF units using the available on-campus diverse capabilities. Systematic pre- and post- summer experience surveys will provide metrics of success.

Image: Roberts, A. and coauthors 2010. A Science Plan for Regional Arctic System Modeling, A report to the National Science Foundation from the International Arctic Science Community. International Arctic Research Center Technical Papers 10-0001. International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks.