Academics, Students & Research

About Us

The University of Alaska is committed to working closely with all federal and state agencies and private enterprise to further develop collaboration and new exposures for future growth in all areas of science and technology.

The duties of the Vice President for Academics, Students & Research, directs a division of services including Academic Affairs, Research, Corporate Programs, Student Success, Health Programs, and Distance Education. The Vice President works with the UA campuses on academic and research initiatives and collaborations to promote research in Alaska.

Contact Us
Academics, Students & Research
Office phone: 907-450-8019

Fax: 907-450-8002

Physical Address
Butrovich Building, Suite 202
2025 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5000

Mailing Address 
P.O. Box 755000
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5000

  • Students in Tanana Valley Campus' paramedics training program take huddle up during a break in their cold-water rescue class

    Students in Tanana Valley Campus' paramedics training program take huddle up during a break in their cold-water rescue class

  • Research Associate Professor Katey Walter Anthony and a research assistant set fire to escaping methane gas trapped beneath the ice on a pond near the UAF campus.

    Research Associate Professor Katey Walter Anthony and a research assistant set fire to escaping methane gas trapped beneath the ice on a pond near the UAF campus.

  • Shalane Frost, a research assistant with UAF's Institute of Arctic Biology, uses an iPad to enter data regarding permafrost core samples.

    Shalane Frost, a research assistant with UAF's Institute of Arctic Biology, uses an iPad to enter data regarding permafrost core samples.

  • Paul Layer, dean of UAF's College of Natural Science and Mathematics, gets ready for a day of hiking and collecting rock samples during a June 2015 research field trip

    Paul Layer, dean of UAF's College of Natural Science and Mathematics, gets ready for a day of hiking and collecting rock samples during a June 2015 research field trip

  • University of Alaska Anchorage students host a debate against University of Yale students.

    University of Alaska Anchorage students host a debate against University of Yale students.

  • Instructor Maureen O'Malley, left, talks to students April Smith, center, and Marisa Ayala Cardenas in one of the simulation labs at the School of Nursing on campus

    Instructor Maureen O'Malley, left, talks to students April Smith, center, and Marisa Ayala Cardenas in one of the simulation labs at the School of Nursing on campus

  • Professor and student use a Bunsen Burner on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage KPC.

    Professor and student use a Bunsen Burner on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage KPC.

  • Idaho State and UAA's new Pharmacy partnership creates a home in Anchorage.

    Idaho State and UAA's new Pharmacy partnership creates a home in Anchorage.

News and Updates


Common Calendar for AY18

Click HERE to view the common calendar for AY18, approved by the president and the chancellors.

Microbiologists work with NASA to observe E. Coli in space to find more efficient biofuel 

For many, collaborating with NASA is a lifelong dream that takes years of hard work. For UAA assistant professor of biological sciences Dr. Brandon Briggs, the opportunity came as a welcome surprise. For the past three years, Briggs has worked as principal investigator on a project researching a way to produce the biofuel known as isobutene more efficiently.
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Five-year Alaska Satellite Facility contract worth $48.6 million
<i>UAF photo by JR Ancheta</i><br>One of the Alaska Satellite Facility's antennas sits atop the Elvey Building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. ASF uses its antennas to downlink data for NASA.

NASA has awarded a $48.6 million contract to the University of Alaska Fairbanks to continue operating the Alaska Satellite Facility’s synthetic aperture radar data center at the UAF Geophysical Institute.This is a competitive renewal of a previous contract. The new contract will be in place through Sept. 30, 2023. The Alaska Satellite Facility has archived about six petabytes of SAR satellite data, and the volume is growing at a rate of about two petabytes a year. The facility gathers much of the data using antennas on the Fairbanks campus and at a site on the Richardson Highway south of Fairbanks.
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Project offers STEM opportunities for rural Alaska, Hawaii students
<i>Photo by Yuri Bult-Ito</i><br /> Educators Mark Vachvake of Elim and Richard Waghiyi of Savoonga work together on a science lesson activity at a professional development workshop held in Unalakleet, Alaska.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received federal funding to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning and cultural knowledge exchange between underserved schools in rural Alaska and Hawaii.UAF’s Teacher Ambassadors Sharing Knowledge project, or TASK, received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The three-year project seeks to increase Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian student interest and readiness in STEM careers by providing a place-based, culturally relevant curriculum.
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New Alaska College of Education prepares to step up teacher recruitment and retention
University of Alaska Southeast (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO
 

According to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, there were just under 8,000 full and part-time teachers in Alaska last school year. That number has declined by about 500 teachers since 2010. The college’s new Executive Dean Steve Atwater is tasked with helping the university reach its goal to see 90 percent of Alaska’s teachers trained in-state by 2025. According to the university, two-thirds of the state’s teachers come from outside. Many of them end up in rural villages. Atwater said they often lack the training or cultural understanding to connect with students.“What you have is a churn of teachers in rural Alaska, and it doesn’t really help the students in terms of their achievement,” Atwater said. “The students need to form relationships with the teachers and if there’s a fear that they’re going to leave after a year, it’s hard to invest.”Atwater himself came from out of state. After training at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, he spent two decades in rural Alaska schools.
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Unveiling celebrates UAS Ketchikan's Maritime Training Center
 

On September 12th, a ceremony was held at the UAS Maritime Training Center on the lower UAS Ketchikan campus.  Students, faculty and Southeast Conference attendees packed the facility’s engine repair shop.UAS Ketchikan Campus Director Priscilla Schulte says renovation of the building began over four years ago. She says classes in the welding and diesel labs have been open for several months, and the final phase was completion of the maritime bridge simulator. Schulte says the Maritime Training Center focuses on trades associated with the maritime industry.
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