UA Statewide Briefs

Student physics society honored by national organization

The UAF chapter of the Society of Physics Students was recently recognized as an outstanding chapter for the 2006-2007 school year. Outstanding chapters are selected based on the depth and breadth of chapter activities in areas like research, science outreach, tutoring programs, hosting and representation at physics meetings, and social interaction. The society is a professional organization that aims to build skills such as networking, presentation at conferences, communication and leadership. The UAF chapter is the only one in the state and has received the recognition, given to no more than 10 percent of chapters annually, three times in the past seven years.

UAF, University of Lapland to partner on UArctic graduate program

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Lapland in Finland have begun work on a partnership to develop a graduate program for the University of the Arctic. The initiative will build on the UArctic’s existing undergraduate program and will incorporate the UArctic Field School and the UArctic Ph.D. Network. The partnership’s first goal is to develop a memorandum of agreement to foster the education and research relationship within the University of the Arctic’s cooperative network of 110 universities, colleges and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North.