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 October - November 2016 with final matches being made before January 2017.

Deadline: Monday, 10 October 2016, 5:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time

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.com) to discuss your individual situation.

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

Informational Webinar:
An informational webinar (web seminar), will be held Monday, 19 September 2016. Teachers and researchers interested in learning more about participating in PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) are encouraged to attend the event or view the event archive.

The informational webinar is an overview of the PolarTREC program, its goals and objectives, program components, the application process, and will address frequently asked questions. Feel free to watch the archived video, view the pdf, or listen to audio. Any specific questions submitted by teachers and researchers were addressed at the end of the presentation.

Application Tips:

  • 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.
  • Answer each question as thoroughly as possible. We will contact you if additional information is needed.
  • 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 teacher you already know, please read this additional information and jointly complete the Supplementary Questions for Preexisting Teacher – Researcher Teams.
  • 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.com to discuss your individual situation.
  • If you would like an email reminder the week before the application period ends, and to be notified of other events and activities related to polar science education, please subscribe to the Polar Education List.

Important Program Updates

  • For 2017-2018, we will not be accepting applications from PolarTREC teacher alumni. If you are working with a PolarTREC alumni and need support, please contact us directly.
  • For 2017-2018, we will be accepting applications from teachers that are U.S. educators and teaching in grades 6-12. We will not be accepting applications from community college educators or informal educators.
  • Final selection is pending funding from National Science Foundation. We will keep all applicants informed of our funding status.

Download the PolarTREC Researcher Application in Microsoft Word Format

Download Application

If you have any questions, contact ARCUS at info [at] polartrec.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@polartrec.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@polartrec.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/form. 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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