University of Alaska-Fairbanks
The University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF) is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska educational system.
The school is commonly known as UAF, and was established in 1917 as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. UAF was first open for classes in 1922.
There are seven other schools in the University of Alaska system, but UAF has the largest enrollment of all seven. In 2010, over 11,000 students enrolled at UAF (59% of these were female with 41% being male; undergraduate admissions made up 89% of admissions, while graduate admissions were just 11% of the total). On May 15, 2011 over 1100 degrees were conferred on graduating UAF students.
UAF has seven major research units: the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the Geophysical Institute, the International Arctic Research Center, the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, the Institute of Arctic Biology, the Institute of Marine Science, and the Institute of Northern Engineering. Fairbanks is located just 200 miles from the Arctic Circle and this short distance makes it favorably situated for Arctic research as well as northern research.
UAF is well known in Arctic biology research, aboriginal studies, Arctic engineering research, geophysics research, and supercomputer research.
Former governor of Alaska Jay Hammond earned his degree in biological sciences at UAF in 1949.
Several well-known professional Canadian hockey players including Curtis Fraser (2004), Chad Johnson (2009), and Jordan Hendry (2006) received their university degrees from UAF. All three of these hockey players played collegiate ice hockey at AUF before going on to their professional careers in hockey.
In addition, Alaska’s first senator and territorial delegate Bob Bartlett attended UAF in 1925. Bartlett Hall at UAF is named after Bob Bartlett.
The archaeologist, explorer, and naturalist Otto Geist not only attended UAF but worked for them as well.
Margaret Murie (naturalist, author, adventurer, and conservationist) was the first woman to graduate from UAF back when it was still the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. Ms. Murie received the Audubon Medal, the John Muir Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in conservation and naturalism.
Author T. Neil Davis is a professor emeritus of geophysics at UAF and has written both fiction and non-fiction books as well as newspaper and magazine columns.
UAF has both a student-run newspaper and a student-run radio station. The newspaper is known as the Sun Star, and the radio station operates as KSUA.