Students at the Geophysical Institute study and conduct research across several departments, colleges and disciplines. Undergraduate and graduate students can probe topics in atmospheric science, remote sensing, seismology, lidar, snow, ice, glaciers, permafrost, planetary science, space physics, geochronology, tectonics and sedimentation, volcanology, satellite data, climate change, high performance computing or use of unmanned aircraft systems. 

Contact individual departments or research units for more information. 

Life at the Geophysical Institute 

The Geophysical Institute is located on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. An extensive trail system next to the GI is maintained for running and cycling in the summer. In the winter the trails are lighted and professionally groomed for cross-country skiing. Our students are active outdoors and take advantage of Alaska's limitless wilderness opportunities, often in conjunction with their research. 

Cost of Living in Alaska

See the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development to learn more about relocating to Alaska. This site covers community information, cost of living differences (weekly food and utility costs, average rentals, fuel prices), relocation analysis, employment information and links to the weather.

UAF offers student housing. Options for living on campus include single student housing, family and employee housing, graduate student and nontraditional housing. More information about the cost and availability of off-campus rentals is available on Craig's List.

Financial Aid

Financial support is available within the university system. Please visit the UAF Financial Aid Office for more information or speak with an admissions counselor for additional help. Information about teaching assistantships, fellowships and other types of financial aid can also be found through the Financial Aid Office.

Geophysical Institute Graduate Student Association/GIGSA

The Geophysical Institute Graduate Student Association is colloquially know as GIGSA. We are the unified voice of the graduate student body at the GI. Our main role as an organization is to advocate for graduate students. GIGSA also organizes a variety of activities and opportunities; these include the monthly Pizza Seminar, the fifth floor Snack Shop, Travel Grants, Wednesday summer cookouts, and a book sale.

Learn More About Fairbanks

Explore Fairbanks provides up-to-date information about visiting and living in Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner provides news about Fairbanks and Alaska.