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2014-2015 PolarTREC Researcher Application

Thank you for your interest in hosting a teacher on your field research project. Your commitment to linking polar research with education is an important contribution to both the research and education communities and the goals of the National Science Foundation (NSF). PolarTREC will use the information you provide in your application to select research projects and teachers that match in interest and availability. If your project is selected, you will be asked to review 5-10 teacher applications and interview the top applicants for your project. We anticipate interviews being conducted in November-December 2013 with final matches being made before January 2014.

**Deadline: The original application deadline was Monday, 16 September 2013. This deadline has been extended. The teacher applications are officially closed.

If you are unable to meet this deadline or do not yet know about your project's funding, but are interested in applying to host a teacher, please contact the PolarTREC Project Managers (info [at] polartrec [dot] com) to discuss your individual situation.

Before you start your application, please review the following PolarTREC program documentation:

Informational Webinar:
A one-hour informational webinar (web seminar) was held for researchers interested in hosting a PolarTREC teacher on their polar research project, and the interested teachers on Tuesday, 3 September 2013. You can access the archive in various forms here: Informational Webinar

Application Instructions:

  1. Please read all of the application questions before filling out the online form. Information submitted online will not be saved in the form for later editing or additions. If you need to make changes to your application, you will have the opportunity to do so via email after you submit your application. If you would like, you may download the Microsoft Word application below, fill in your responses, and then copy and paste them into the web form.

  2. We prefer that applicants already have secured funding for their research project. However, if your request for funding is pending you can still apply to host a teacher. If this is your case, please contact the PolarTREC Project Managers at info [at] polartrec [dot] com to discuss your individual situation.

  3. Answer each question as thoroughly as possible. We will contact you if additional information is needed.

  4. If you are applying to work exclusively with a teacher you already know, please read this additional information and jointly complete the Supplementary Questions for Preexisting Teacher – Researcher Teams.

IMPORTANT! The web form DOES NOT save answers. Do not close the form or browse away from the form to another website while you are filling it out since it will not save your information.

Download Application: Researcher Application in Microsoft Word Format

If you have any questions, contact ARCUS at info [at] polartrec [dot] com or call 907-474-1600.

1. Contact Information

* Denotes required field.

If your project is selected, we will use this bio on the PolarTREC website and your project overview page. Please limit it to 200 words or less.

2. Demographic Information

The following question is for the purpose of gathering information on applicants to the PolarTREC program to provide the National Science Foundation with a measure of PolarTREC’s broader impacts. Submission of this information is voluntary and is not a requirement for acceptance to the program.

Race/Ethnicity Definitions

Ethnicity Definition:

Hispanic or Latino: A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

Race Definitions:

American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North or South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North America.

(Choose one response)

3. Motivation
4. Project Personnel

Applying researchers are encouraged to discuss the inclusion of a PolarTREC teacher with co-PI's and other team members before submitting an application.

d) How many people will be participating in your field research team during this expedition? Please choose an approximate number under each category below:

Please Describe Below

Note: This person must be in the field at least part of the time with the teacher. This person will be working directly with the teacher both before, during, and post field experience and must be fully involved in the selection of the teacher. This person might be the PI but could also be a graduate student or co-PI.

5. Project Information

Include the funded title as well as suggest a short working title that we could use on the website. If the project is selected, we will confirm all the final titles and project descriptions with you before making it public.

This may include key project goals, why this work is important, or a project abstract. Please limit this response to 300 words.

Check any that apply.

We use these questions in the program evaluation. Please provide four (4) answers per question, and put a star or note next to the correct answer.

h) Is there any additional information you would like to share about the research project? (i.e. proposal summary, PowerPoint presentations, press-releases, articles, weblinks, etc.)?

You may also e-mail additional information to info [at] polartrec [dot] com. Please make sure e-mail attachments are less than 5 MB.

6. Project Funding

We prefer to accept applications from currently funded projects. If funding is pending, you can still apply to host at teacher but please contact the PolarTREC Program Managers at info [at] polartrec [dot] com to discuss the situation.

For example is this the first field season, final field season, reconnaissance, etc.

c) What is the funding period for this research project:

Note: Having funding for a teacher included in your grant is not required. However, if researchers have extra funding for a teacher we are sometimes able to support more than our 12 allotted research projects and teachers per year.

Note: Naming a specific teacher is not required. Researchers and teachers interested in working exclusively with one another will be asked to complete a set of supplementary questions and will both be subject to the full PolarTREC Selection Process. Supplementary questions do not have to be submitted at the same time as the application, but must arrive before the application deadline.

Note: If yes, what amount of support can be budgeted or contributed for this impact/outreach component (i.e. travel funds, covering food costs in the field, etc)? Having funding for a teacher included in your grant is not required. However, if researchers have extra funding or support for a teacher we are sometimes able to support more than our 12 allotted research projects and teachers per year.

7. Approximate Field Dates

We prefer that teachers participate in research experiences for three or more continuous weeks. Most teachers cannot participate in a project for more than 6-8 weeks.

8. Field Site Logistics

a) Who provides logistical support for your work? Include the name and contact information for the logistics manager for your project in the text boxes provided, if known:

b) Where is your field project located? Be as specific as possible. You may list multiple sites if applicable:

Specific Location(s)

Specific Location(s)

For example commercial airline, helicopter, small plane, raft, ATV, miles of hiking, etc.

For example tent camping, field station, dorms, cooking own food, shared quarters, etc.

For example steep cliffs, bears, altitude, language, seasickness, etc.

For example telephone, cell phone, satellite phone, e-mail, scheduled or real-time data transfer, etc.

For example digging, heavy lifting, prolonged hiking, mountaineering, chain saw, river travel, ocean travel, etc.

For example high school, chemistry, physics, engineering, etc.

For example helicopter training, safety training, military clearances, etc.

9. Other

We will try to respond to these questions and concerns via e-mail as applications are received.

10. ARCUS' Directory of Arctic Researchers

If you are not currently in the Directory, but wish to be included, you may submit information at: http://www.arcus.org/researcher/index.html. This directory is a valuable resource for arctic science and education networking.

11. Acknowledgment of Program Requirements

I have read the PolarTREC program requirements for researchers. I understand that if my project is selected and a teacher is placed with the researcher project that I will be responsible for these requirements to the best of my ability.

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