Initial Publication Date: February 11, 2013

Local SAGE2yc Workshop:

Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science 2013

NOTE: This workshop has already occurred.
Read the Conveners' Final Report (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 111kB Apr30 13).

This workshop was held in conjunction with the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference held in Nome, AK. March 20, 2013 at the UAF Northwest Campus

Workshop Goals

Success in student undergraduate science education often starts with resilient programs at two-year colleges (2YCs). In rural Alaska, the community campuses are playing an increasingly important role in science education as well as developing a competent and technical workforce. This is done through working with K-12 teachers, high school dual credit courses, and providing opportunities for students to conduct research. To do all of this, faculty at Alaskan colleges face substantial challenges; limited resources for travel, isolation, and few opportunities for professional development.

Goals include building or improving:

  • Strategies to increasing number of STEM students in Rural Alaska
  • Tactics to increase retention of current students and improve graduation rates
  • Approaches to better train 2YC students for STEM careers
  • Ways to prepare 2YC students to attend four-year colleges and universities.
  • Undergraduate research and internship opportunities for 2YC students
  • Cooperation between Alaska rural campuses and the UA main campuses (UAF, UAA, and UAS)
  • Bridges to gaps between college-transfer and workforce programs within 2YCs and four-year programs
  • Lasting partnerships between academia and employers


Workshop was held March 20, 2013 8:00am to 5:30pm, with dinner at 6:30pm


What were the participants expected to do:

  • before the workshop
    • fill out survey
    • list of undergraduate STEM course willing to teach
    • List active internship programs at their rural campus
  • during the workshop
    • participate in all sessions
    • strategic planning assignments
  • after the workshop
    • complete exit survey

Application and Costs

There were no direct costs to attend this workshop.

Participants are invited to attend the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Conference.

Workshop Registration

Workshop Agenda


  • University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural and Community Development (UAF CRCD)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks Marine Advisory Board (UAF MAP)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks Experimental Program for the Stimulation of Research (Alaska EPSCoR)


The workshop will be held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus in Nome.


  • Dr. Todd Radenbaugh, University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus (,
  • Dr. Claudia Ihl, University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus (,
  • Tara Borland, University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural and Community Development (

If you would like further information about the workshop, please contact one of conveners listed above.

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