Welcome to Alaska NSF EPSCoR


Alaska NSF EPSCoR improves Alaska's scientific capacity by engaging in research projects supported through National Science Foundation and state funds. EPSCoR is in the fourth year of "Fire and Ice," a five-year project to study climate-driven changes to Alaskan wildfire regimes and coastal ecosystems. For more information check out our brochure. You can also view publications and products by Fire and ice researchers and learn about impacts of the project.

The national NSF EPSCoR organization also supports Alaska through other funding streams. Check out this poster for more information on the timeline and structure of NSF EPSCoR in Alaska.


 EPSCoR news


WAISC Travel Award Recipients

A person on a boat, silhouetted against a sunset in Dillingham, AK.

Photo courtesy of Sebastian Zavoico.

Alaska EPSCoR granted 11 travel awards for both UA and non-UA affiliates for travel to Dillingham, Alaska to attend the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum (WAISC) April 5-6, 2023.

The following applicants were awarded:

Bill Kane
Igiugig Village Council, Alaska Venture Fund
Community-based monitoring capacity

 Kathleen DeMichele
Wildfire resilience & Alaska's electrical system

Michael Lindemann
Wildfire forecasting

 Shelby Bacus, PhD Student
UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Climate change impacts to snow crab and Tanner crab

Mack Hughes, MS Student
UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Trophic changes in Alaska's rocky intertidal ecosystem

 Harmony Wayner, Alaska Sea Grant Fellow
NOAA Marine Debris Program on an Alaska, University Centre of the Westfjords
Food sovereignty and well-being in Bristol Bay

Matthew Scragg, MS student
UAF Institute of Northern Engineering, Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC)
Fresh Eyes on Ice

Reyce Bogardus, PhD Student
UAF Geophysical Institute, Tectonics & Sedimentation Group
Climate impact on storm intensity, preparedness & resiliency

 Amy Hendricks
UAF International Arctic Research Center, Atmospheric Sciences
Climate change impacts to wildfire potential and subsistence

Benjamin Americus, Alaska Sea Grant Fellow
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
Alaska seafood sustainability certification

Sarah Dempsey, Undergraduate Student
UAF Department of Biology and Wildlife
Moose population & habitat in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge


Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad 2023 winning team "Bazinga!" posing with Bus 142 in the High Bay Structural Testing Lab at UAF's Joseph E. Usibelli Engineering Learning and Innovation Building.

Above: Winning team "Bazinga!" posing with Bus 142 in the High Bay Structural Testing Lab at
UAF's Joseph E. Usibelli Engineering Learning and Innovation Building.

Alaska EPSCoR, the UAF College of Engineering and Mines (CEM), and the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM) organized Science Olympiad for the first time at UAF! Students from across Alaska competed in 16 events, ranging from written subject tests to construction of bridges, planes and trebuchets.

Winning teams:

1st Place - Bazinga, Discovery Peak Charter School, North Pole, AK
2nd Place - Fairbanks BEST Science Team, Fairbanks, BEST home school, Fairbanks, AK
3rd Place - Barnette Blazers, Barnette Magnet School, Fairbanks, AK

First place winners, Bazinga from Discovery Peak Charter School will go on to compete in the national Science Olympiad at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas on May 19-20.