Stem at the Poles! PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is currently accepting applications from both educators and researchers for educator research experiences. For 2020-2021, we will be accepting applications from both U.S. informal science educators as well as formal U.S. classroom teachers (teaching in grades 6-12). Teachers and informal educators are required to be working with middle and high school students and/or their teachers. Applications will be to participate in field research learning experiences during the 2020 (usually Arctic) or 2020-2021 (usually Antarctic) field seasons.
Below is information about submitting the EDUCATOR application. If you are a researcher interested in hosting an educator in the Polar Regions, please go to: https://www.polartrec.com/researchers/application
If you have troubles with the application, please contact us at info [at] polartrec.com
Please use the online webform to submit your EDUCATOR application. We suggest you download the Word document and just cut and paste into the webform. We do not accept the Word document ONLY the webform.
Remember that if you submitted an application, it will take several months to review and select the finalists. We will email all applicants about the status of their application in December 2019.
Application Submission Deadline is Monday, 7 October 2019 - 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time
IMPORTANT! The webform 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.
For 2020-2021, we are accepting applications from both U.S. informal science educators as well as formal U.S. classroom teachers (teaching in grades 6-12). Informal educators should have the primary focus on outreach to middle and high school students and/or professional development for their teachers. Applications will be to participate in field research learning experiences during the 2020 (usually Arctic) or 2020-2021 (usually Antarctic) field seasons.
Note: We will not be accepting applications from PolarTREC teacher alumni.
All applicants will be kept informed of funding status.
Before you start the application, please review the following PolarTREC program documentation and the section on Important Program Updates below:
An informational webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, 11 September 2019 at 1 PM AKDT (11 AM HST, 2 PM PDT, 3 PM MDT, 4 PM CDT, 5 PM EDT).
You can register for the webinar here.
If you miss the webinar, we will post an archive online soon after the event. Anyone who has registered for the event in advance will receive instructions on how to view the archive. You can also download a PDF of the presentation at the same location.
Submit your online application BEFORE the deadline. The web form will close at the designated time. If you aren’t sure about the time zone, you can verify on through the World Clock website
ARCUS will keep applicants informed throughout the selection process via the email address you provide. Please take appropriate measures to ensure we have up to date contact information and that emails from info [at] polartrec.com, judy [at] arcus.org, and warburton [at] arcus.org are coming to your inbox, and not filtered to spam or trash.
If you cannot access or have trouble with the online application, please contact info [at] polartrec.com for further instructions.
Click on the section headings of the application to expand or collapse the section content.
Use your mouse or the 'Tab' button to move between each field.
Additional information or documentation will not be accepted.
Answer all the questions and check your grammar and spelling BEFORE submitting.
Many of the questions below are longer essay questions. You may wish to download the questions contained in the Microsoft Word document below, fill out your responses and then copy and paste them into the web form.
If you are applying to work exclusively with a researcher you already know, please read this additional information and jointly complete the Supplementary Questions for Preexisting Educator – Researcher Teams.
If you are an informal science educator applying to the program, address the questions as best you can, referring to the most appropriate and relevant audience you work with, and provide examples as needed.