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The Polaris Project

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Polaris Project is training the next generation of arctic scientists. Undergraduate students should apply today to be a part of the next expedition to Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The expedition will run from early July to early August, including two weeks of intensive fieldwork and two weeks of analysis and synthesis. The program covers room, board, and travel, and includes a stipend for each participant.

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.

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Participating Institution(s):
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Woodwell Climate Research Center (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
STEM Fields

Aquatic Ecology
Arctic Research
Climate Change
Earth System Science
Landscape Ecology
Native Alaskans
Soil Science
Terrestrial Ecology

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

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