ISER Policy Research Award

These awards are presented to outstanding students in the social sciences and other applicable fields interested in the analysis of public policy issues.  The selected student will contribute research and analysis skills to a study conducted at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) and will be awarded a $1500 stipend. 


Rachel Wintz, ISER Award Winner.

Chancellor Fran Ulmer, Brit DelMoral, and Diane Hirshberg

Brit DelMoral (center) was the recipient of the Policy Research Award.  She is congratulated at the Awards Ceremony by Diane Hirshberg, her faculty mentor, and Chancellor Fran Ulmer. 

"My internship at ISER has been an incredibly rewarding experience—not only has it enhanced my research skills and knowledge of the social sciences, but it has opened the door to professional development in a career path as a social researcher."
- Brit DelMoral 

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, and public service.

Deadline for Spring 2018 is March 28, 2018

Applications should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship located in Rasmuson Hall 115.

Students must be accepted in an associate or baccalaureate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage (any campus). Students must also be enrolled in at least twelve credits for the semester they apply and the semester they will be contributing to a study at ISER

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
  • 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 present their work at 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 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 UAA Honors College.

ISER Policy Research Award Cover Sheet

Questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at 907-786-4874 or UAA Honors College.