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 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.