Welcome to AK UNiTE!
Collaborators are wanted for a new research network to advance undergraduate research opportunities in biology for Alaska students. By connecting Alaska students to local research opportunities during their undergraduate careers, AK UNiTE aims to increase retention and better prepare students to enter research endemic to Alaska. To build this network we are looking for biology researchers across Alaska to join us as we create new opportunities for budding scientists to engage in research in their "backyard". With your help, we hope to bring the Alaska biology research community closer together to develop community partnerships with local research projects (e.g. local tribal councils, nonprofits, state and federal agencies across Alaska) and create pathways for future undergraduate research opportunities.
Funding will provide training workshops for collaborators that strengthen skills in building and sustaining community, mentoring, and cross-cultural relationships. Modest stipends, and funds for supplies, will be given to undergraduate students that engage in research during Summer 2021. AK UNiTE is funded by the National Science Foundation RCN-UBE program award ID: 2019233.
AK UNiTE is committed to the principles of justice, equity, and inclusion. With our partners, our goal is to incorporate diverse experiences and perspectives to create inclusive and respectful learning environments. Our aim is to reduce financial barriers for students to participate in biological research and to expand the biological research opportunities available to students to reflect the wide diversity of ways to do scientific research. We recognize and honor the Native peoples of Alaska who have stewarded Alaska's environment since time immemorial, and who continue to work on environmental issues in Alaska. Our institutions (University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, Kodiak College, and the University of Washington - Tacoma) are located on the ancestral and unceded homelands of the Dena'ina, Alutiiq-Sugpiaq, and Puyallup peoples.
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