NNA Research Experience for Undergraduate Students 2024

Increase your confidence and skills with science research! Paid research experiences are available for Alaska community college and university undergraduate students interested in Arctic science and climate change!

Join the NNA-CO for an accessible virtual research experience for Alaska community college and university undergraduate students during spring semester - 2024. Students will receive graduate credit from the University of Colorado and an $1800 stipend to work with NNA researchers and local community members to equitably generate knowledge about the natural and built environments, cultures and communities of the Arctic.  


Program Dates: (approximately 120 hours of work-time total):  

January 2-5, 2024 (winter break): 3-hour morning virtual professional development workshop/day, 2 mentor meetings, some asynchronous “homework” 

January – May: Meet bi-weekly virtually with research mentors, connect with local community liaisons if applicable, work on data analysis for research project, develop scientific poster and community project.  

March 11- 14th (spring break): 3-hour morning virtual professional development workshop/day 

May/June: Present/communicate about your research to a group of researchers, and community members if applicable (based on needs and benefits to community) 



This unique opportunity to spend time working on a research project in Arctic Earth and environmental sciences could launch a career!  Prior research experience is NOT necessary for eligibility. Note that students must be U.S. citizens or green card holders to apply.  


Students will receive:  

  • Professional development in research, science communication, academic & career prep 
  • Graduate credit from University of Colorado
  • Networking opportunities with scientists and peers 
  • $1800 for 120 hours of work time 


"It is important for youth to understand that there isn’t one specific route you are supposed to go. As an at-risk Indigenous youth I never thought I could be a scientist, but I found mentors who believed in me and Elders who spoke very wise words of encouragement. Youth should look to Elders. Elders have wisdom. You should foster those relationships with Elders to make changes and grow as a community so you can pass down knowledge our ancestors fought hard to keep."
     -Jasmine Perea, 2023 NNA REU participant


Flier for 2024 NNA REU program
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