UAA Graduate School: Innovation, Creativity, and Research

Dean Helena Wisniewski and Associate Dean David Yesner extend a warm welcome to the new and returning graduate students of the University of Alaska Anchorage for the Fall 2014 semester. 

The Graduate School is located in the Administration/Humanities Building Suite 200. 

The University of Alaska Anchorage Graduate School offers 29 Master's degree programs and 16 graduate certificate programs. UAA also offers cooperative/collaborative doctoral programs with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Washington Medical School, Creighton University, and East Carolina University. The Graduate School enrolls over 2100 students in graduate studies from all 50 states and U. S. territories.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 8 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore 
Kenneth Bracewell: A Veteran's Road to College Success 
Kenneth Bracewell is a successful United States Army combat veteran. He served in Iraq;Fort Wainwright, Alaska;and Fort Benning, Georgia. He holds an Associates and a Bachelor of Human Services. Kenneth also motivates and helps veterans by sharing his experience with the Post 9/11 GI Bill and his success with it through his motivational book, A Veteran's Road to College Success. His goal is to work with veterans in areas of educational success and employment in the future. This event is sponsored with UAA Military Veteran Student Services. 

Monday, October 13 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore 
The Art of Writing and Publishing in Different Genres with Steve Levi, Deb Vanasse, and Martha Amore Steve Levi (Walrus with a Gold Tooth, and Cowboys of the Sky), Martha Amore (Weathered In, "Geology") and Deb Vanasse (Cold Spell and Lucy's Dance) describe their multifaceted books, writing styles and publishing today. 

Tuesday, October 14 from 5:00 pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore 
Tutka Bay Lodge Cookbook and Cooking Demonstration with Kirsten Dixon and Mandy Dixon 
"In personal stories, evocative photographs, and recipes that are purposefully simple and designed for the home cook, Chef Kirsten Dixon and her family share fresh, rustic cuisine offering friendship, communicating passion, and bringing comfort and delight to the table". Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Alaskan master chefs. Your taste buds will thank you! 

Thursday, October 16 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore 
UAA Distance Education Faculty Iresame Ortega and Karen Roth discuss Alaska Native Education and Science Instruction 
UAA Faculty Irasema Ortega and Karen Roth teach distance education courses in the College of Education. Their work focuses on cultural sustainable instruction, STEAM curriculum (EDEN A646) (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), the Chevak Teacher Education Initiative and the Early Childhood Programs (ECD). This event is a unique opportunity for students to meet their professors and other students with similar interests. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Monday, October 20 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore 
Paul White presents Mining and the Environment: Archaeological Perspectives on an Unwanted Legacy 
Paul White is an assistant professor in the UAA Department of Anthropology with research interests in the legacies of American mining. He has examined historical archaeological sites in Alaska, California, Michigan, and Vermont, investigating histories of environmental and technological transformation and connections with Native American land dispossession. Currently, he is writing a book on the archaeology of North American mining. 

October 21 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore 
UAA Distance Education Faculty: Alaska and the Environment 
UAA Faculty Davin Holen, Ryan Fortson and Lia Slemons discuss teaching, their courses and work focusing on Alaska. Topics include Pebble Mine (ANTH 101), Tribal Courts and Alaska Native Rights (JUST 485/LEGL 485) and Climate Change Adaptation (ENVI 211). This event is a unique opportunity for students to meet their professors and other students with similar interests. Everyone is welcome to attend 

Wednesday, October 22 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore 
Alaska Memoirs: Dave Atcheson presents Dead Reckoning and Jeff Schultz presents Chasing Dogs 
At this event, two extraordinary Alaskans present their newest books. Dave Atcheson discusses his memoir Dead Reckoning, Navigating a Life on the Last Frontier, Courting Tragedy on its High Seas. "It's a story in which college students and "fish hippies" work in canneries alongside survivalists, rednecks, religious freaks, and deckhands with damning secrets in dangerous waters, driven by the need to feed an insatiable appetite for adventure." Dave Atcheson teaches at Kenai Peninsula College. He is also the author of Hidden Alaska: Bristol Bay and Beyond and the guidebook Fishing Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Photographer Jeff Schultz discusses Chasing Dogs –My Adventures as the Official Photographer Alaska's Iditarod. "Since 1982, Schultz has served as Iditarod's official photographer, traveling by plane, snow machine, snowshoes, and on foot to capture the race as no one else has…Over the course of his thirty-plus-year career, Schultz has become as iconic as the race itself, having experienced the same harsh trail conditions and weather hazards as the race participants while artfully chronicling their journeys. "Jeff Schultz is also the author of Dogs of the Iditarod. 

Thursday, October 23 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore 
Alaska State Climatologist Peter Olsson and ASET Scientist Birgit Hagedorn discuss their Research and Goals 
Dr. Peter Olsson is the Alaska State Climatologist with the Alaska State Climate Center (ASCC). Dr. Birgit Hagedorn is manager of the Applied Science and Engineering Technology Labs (ASET). Topics at this event include new research and technology, understanding climate data and an overview of their current projects.  

Defense Announcements

 With the new semester rapidly approaching, be sure to check here for upcoming graduate student defense presentations. If you would like to advertise your defense, please contact Marilyn Bost at 

PhD Comics 
"Comedy is tragedy plus time." 
-Woody Allen 
In case you need a break from your work, enjoy PhD Comics


Graduate News

Congratulations to Hugh Denny, a UAA graduate student, for winning the Livingston Slone Award. 

For more details, check out the article in the Green and Gold News

Financial Literacy Website for UAA Students

The UAA Office of Financial Assistance is pleased to offer a new resource for strengthening the financial literacy of students. The UAA CashCourse website is designed to provide students with the tools and information that will allow them to make informed financial decisions.

UAA Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The GSA has a new website. To get involved, check out funding opportunities or review the last meeting's minutes, go to the GSA website.

The Graduate School calendar posts the dates and times.

Council of Graduate Schools News Network

You are encouraged to access the information available from the Council of Graduate Schools News Network which provides updates on major news, research, and policies shaping graduate education.