Science around campus

UAF is known for its scientific research and community and it is home to an array of different clubs and organizations that support that community. Every year various university organizations hold public lectures. Three of these organizations are the UAF Geophysical Institute (UAF GI), the Physics Journal Club and Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA).

The UAF GI organizes the “Science For Alaska Lecture Series” for the public to learn more about scientific discoveries happening all around Alaska.

The Physics Journal Club holds lectures every Friday at 3:45 p.m. in the Globe Room of the Elvey building. The club presents a variety of topics under the umbrella of Physics. Abstracts for the weekly lectures are located on the Journal Club website. The club’s organizer is Physics Professor Chung-Sang Ng.

URSA holds monthly lectures to showcase the scientific work of UAF faculty. Old lectures are recorded and posted to the URSA website under “Research Showcase.”

There are many student organizations that can help students of all backgrounds and majors get involved with the scientific community here on campus.

The Association of Women in Science – Alaska Chapter (AWIS-AK) encourages people to participate in science, engineering and mathematics. “Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and Mathematics,” according to the AWIS website. People who want to join AWIS can apply at the national website, then contact the President of AWIS-AK Elena Sparrow.

The UAF Cyber Security Club aims to improve the community by training students in computer science and computer security. They accept people of all skill levels. They meet on Saturdays at 2 p.m. in Chapman Room 206. In 2014, club members participated in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense competition and received third place out of 180 schools. The advisor is Computer Science Professor Orion Lawlor. Contact email:

The Geoscience Club meets every Friday to talk about Geology and similar fields. They also go on field trips and do activities. They meet at 4:45 p.m. in Reichardt Room 235. Contact email:

The Anthropological Society helps students get experience with Anthropology. They hold meetings on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. in Bunnell Room 302. Contact email:

The Entomology Club unites students interested in insects and arthropods of all sorts. They meet on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in Murie Room 103. Their advisor is Derek Sikes, entomology professor. Contact email:

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) advocates for people of the native community to become mathematicians, scientists and Engineers. The AISES community celebrates Native culture, hosts research and shares internships and scholarships. They hold meetings every other Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brooks Buildings Gathering Room. Contact email:

Some of UAF’s clubs are meant specifically for students taking certain degrees.

The Fisheries and Ocean Science Student Association (FOSSA) advocates and assists students in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (SFOS). FOSSA is advised by Trent Sutton, the SFOS Associate Dean of Academic Programs. Contact email:

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) UAF Student Chapter helps students learn about research and careers in petroleum exploration and geoscience. They provide career advice and network students with professionals in the industry. Anyone can attend The UAF chapter’s events or become an official member people can join at the national AAPG website. The UAF chapter’s meetings are on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. in the Runcorn Room of Reichardt. The advisor is Catherine Hanks, Professor of Geosciences. Contact email:

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