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The Polaris Project

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The Polaris Project is an innovative collaboration among students, teachers, and scientists. Funded by the U. S. National Science Foundation since 2008, the Polaris Project trains future leaders in arctic research and informs the public about the Arctic and global climate change. During the annual field expedition to the Yukon Kuskokwim (YK) Delta, Alaska, students conduct cutting-edge investigations that advance scientific understanding of the changing Arctic. Each year, our expedition will include 12-15 undergraduate students and 1-3 graduate students.

To be eligible to apply, you should currently be in your sophomore or junior year (in exceptional cases a senior or first-year student may be accepted). We also have limited space available for graduate students. Students from any U.S. college or university are eligible. The 2017 expedition is scheduled for approximately June 28 - July 25 and will include two weeks of intensive fieldwork in the YK Delta, followed by two weeks of analysis and synthesis at Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC). Students will also participate in a pre-expedition weekend field safety course at WHRC and monthly online meetings before and after the field expedition.

Expenses associated with travel, room, and board will be covered by the project. There are no tuition or fees, and each student will receive a $3000 stipend. The application, which consists of two letters of recommendation and two one-page essays, can be downloaded here:
accepts non-us citizens

Application Deadline: 1/15/2017
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Program Dates: 6/28/2017 - 7/25/2017

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Lead)

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Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Crop & Soil Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Plant Sciences

Climate Change
Ecosystem Science
Freshwater Biology
Nitrogen Cycling
Plant Ecology
Soil Science

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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