Welcome to AK UNiTE!

AK UNiTE is a new research network advancing undergraduate research opportunities in biology for Alaska students. By connecting Alaska students with local research opportunities during their undergraduate careers, AK UNiTE introduces students to research endemic to Alaska. To continue to build this network, we are always 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(e.g., local tribal councils, nonprofits, state and federal agencies across Alaska) and create pathways for future undergraduate research opportunities.

In 2021, incubator funding provided modest stipends and funds for supplies to 19 undergraduate students to engage in research with 13 partners. 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. We aim to reduce financial barriers for students to participate in biological research and expand the available biological research opportunities 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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