ISER Education Policy Research Award

This award is presented to an outstanding student in the social sciences or other applicable fields interested in education policy research.  The selected student will contribute research and analysis skills to an education policy study conducted at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) and will be awarded a $1500 stipend.  Applications are accepted in only fall 2010 and spring 2011.  Spring recipients will conduct research during the fall 2011.  

About ISER:  ISER enhances the well-being of Alaskans and others, through non-partisan research that helps people understand social and economic systems and supports informed public and private decision-making.  ISER pursues its mission by:

  • Focusing attention on critical economic and social issues in Alaska, the Arctic, and similar regions;
  • Engaging in basic and applied research leading to better understanding of those issues; and
  • Disseminating knowledge through publications, community involvement, public service, and teaching.

Submission
Applications must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship located in Rasmuson Hall 115 by 5 pm on March 29, 2011.  

  • Students must be accepted in an associate or baccalaureate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage (any campus)
  • Students must be enrolled in at least twelve credits for the semester they apply and the semester they will be contributing to an education policy study at ISER
  • Spring recipients will conduct research during the fall 2011

Application: Applicants must complete all of the items listed below. Please include page numbers.

  • Application form
  • Academic-quality essay of 750-1000 words describing the student's interest in a recent or ongoing ISER project
    (see list under "Research Areas" at www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu)
  • One signed letter of support from a faculty mentor
  • An unofficial copy of the student's most recent transcripts

Selection Criteria
Designation of the Policy Research Award is determined by an ISER/UAA panel composed of researchers from ISER and the faculty members from the Undergraduate Research Task Force.  The candidate's personal interest statement, transcript, and letter of support from a faculty mentor are all factors taken into consideration in the selection of the current award winner.

Conditions of Award
The research project/publication must be completed by a mutually agreed upon deadline set forth by ISER and the award winner.  The student honored by this award will attend the Undergraduate Research Symposium held in April and submit a one-page essay describing the impact of the undergraduate research process upon their academic experience.

Visit the Success Stories Website to learn about the previous winners of the award and their projects.

Visit the Research Integrity and Compliance website for information on the standards of research integrity and ethics at UAA.

Instructions for Completing the Cover Sheet:

  1. Download the interactive .pdf form.
  2. Either (a) complete the form electronically and print or (b) print the form and complete it by hand.
  3. Collect necessary signatures.
  4. Either (a) submit the completed, signed cover sheet and all other application materials to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship in RH 115 or (b) scan the completed, signed cover sheet and submit all application materials by email to ayresearch@uaa.alaska.edu.

Download:
ISER Education Policy Research Award Announcement
ISER Education Policy Research Award Cover Sheet

These forms may also be picked up from the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship in RH 115.

Questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at 907-786-1086 or ayresearch@uaa.alaska.edu.