We regret to announce that due to a combination of factors including budget changes and the retirement of key staff, the Global Change Student Research Grant Competition program is ending. There will be no competition in 2018 or beyond. Support for students who were selected through the 2017 competition (funding period July 2017–June 2018) is not affected. During its 25-year history, this program has directed over $2 million to more than 300 student projects. Thank you to all who have supported the competition over the years.
About the Global Change Student Research Grant Competition
For 25 years this unique program has provided support to undergraduate and graduate students for research related to global change with a focus on arctic or subarctic boreal regions. Initiated in 1992 under the auspices of the UAF Center for Global Change, since 2015 it has been administered by the UAF Graduate School. Funding partners have included the Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research (CIFAR), the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP), the Robert Belous Global Change Research Endowment and the UAF Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA).
The annual competition has provided professional training by giving student applicants experience with proposal writing and the peer review system as practiced by science and engineering funding agencies. Successful applicants also gained experience with post-award activities and obligations such as managing their funds, and fulfilling reporting requirements.
In the context of this competition, global change research included the observation and study of the processes, interactions, and feedbacks among the components of the Earth system (atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, ecologic, and human) in both the past and present, in order to anticipate future changes, develop effective responses to change including the means for sustainable management of resources and ecosystem services, and to ensure societal and cultural viability and adaptation over the long term.