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


Girls on Water/Girls in the Forest

Applications are now open for the 2022 editions of our two experiential learning programs for high-school girls, "Girls on Water" and "Girls in the Forest." Both expeditions are free and open to 16-18-year-old Alaskan high school girls; Cis and trans girls, as well as gender-nonconforming and nonbinary youth, are welcome.  The application period closes Jan. 24. Check out their video!

The programs are also hiring instructors for 2022.

Seed and travel award winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2022 Seed Grants! This year we awarded 5 faculty and 5 student research grants, 3 Diversity, Education and Workforce Development grants, and 6 data visualization grants.  We also awarded 28 travel awards for a total of $67,812, and are now awarding a series of rolling travel awards (see other column). 

A full list of winners is on our awards page.

So many recordings!

We've been busy lately, and we now have recordings of multiple recent EPSCoR events available online:

Sitka Sound Fellowships

We're pleased to announce the following four EPSCoR researchers have been named the Sitka Sound Science Center's 2021-22 Scientists in Residency Fellows: 

  • UAF CFOS Ph.D candidate Courtney Hart
  • UAS Assistant Professor of Animal Physiology Julie Schram
  • UAF IARC postdoc Joanna Young
  • UAF CFOS postdoc Scott Gabara

Alaska EPSCoR is providing financial support for the program, which brings scientists to Sitka for one-month sabbaticals to enable them to work undisturbed by their usual daily routine and to engage with the community.

Program brochure

We've printed out a brochure for the Fire & Ice project. Hard copies are available on campus; email Tom Moran to arrange a pickup or dropoff.

Rolling travel awards available

We had an unexpected surplus come our way after we awarded our first round of 2022 travel awards, so we're offering a round of rolling travel awards. Grants may be used for travel to, or remote attendance at, conferences, workshops, trainings, or other appropriate academic settings.

Awards are for up to $3,500 and cover domestic travel only (remote participation in international events is allowed). Travel must be completed by Sept. 30, 2022. The application deadline is rolling and awards are subject to continued availability of funds. Apply via our online form.

 Faces of STEM

Nikki Grant-HoffmanEPSCoR is showcasing the unique characteristics that Alaskans bring to STEM by sharing a series of interviews with former University of Alaska students succeeding in STEM careers. Interviews are with BLM Ecologist and Science Coordinator Nikki Grant-Hoffman (pictured); Alaska Harmful Algae Bloom (AHAB) Program Coordinator Thomas Farrugia; cancer researcher Mindy Kim Graham; Fairbanks pediatrician Carla Cartagena De Jesus; Thomas Hughes, an engineer for the Alaska DOT; and Liz Dennett, who works for Amazon Web Services.

Sampling by Packraft

packraftCoastal Margins PhD student Jordan Jenckes has put together a video montage of two research trips he took in summer 2021 to collect water samples from the Wosnesenski River in Kachemak Bay State Park. The expeditions were supported by an EPSCoR student research seed grant. 

Monthly newsletter

We've been sending out a monthly email called "Fire & Ice Essentials" to individuals involved in the Fire & Ice project. Its main focus is on funding opportunities, and it also includes notes about upcoming conferences and other events, as well as project news and products. Email tmoran3@alaska.edu if you'd like to subscribe.

We are also continuing with biannual newsletters, which are aimed more at an external audience.