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The Polaris Project

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Polaris Project brings undergraduate students to Alaska where they lead research on the changing Arctic.

The expedition will include two weeks of intensive fieldwork in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, AK followed by two weeks of analysis and synthesis at the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC).The Polaris Project tackles one of humanity’s greatest challenges – global climate change – in one of Earth’s most remote and vulnerable environments: the Arctic.

We probe the vast quantities of ancient carbon locked-up in Arctic permafrost, investigating its fate as the earth warms. Will it remain in the ground as it has for thousands of years, or will the carbon be released to the atmosphere as permafrost thaws, fueling additional warming?

We engage the brightest young minds from a diversity of backgrounds, propelling them on trajectories to solve the most pressing scientific and societal challenges.

And we engage the public and decision makers, using the example of the Arctic to captivate, educate, and inform. Participants are required to attend a field safety course at WHRC in April (all travel expenses will be covered) and monthly online meetings before the field expedition.

This research opportunity is fully funded and provides a $3000 stipend. Students from any U.S. college or university are eligible to apply.
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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Woods Hole Research Center (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Plant Sciences

Arctic Research
Climate Change
Ecosystem Science

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

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