PolarTREC Researcher Application

Thank you for your interest in hosting a teacher on your field research project for the 2019 Arctic field season and 2019-early 2020 Antarctica field season. 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 early to mid November 2018 with final matches being made before January 2019.

Important: Funding from NSF is pending. We will keep you posted on the status as we go through the application process.

If you are interested in hosting a teacher, we ask that you contact PolarTREC Program Managers first at info [at] polartrec.com to discuss your research project. After this, we will ask you to submit the online application.

Due Date: We prefer applications to be in ASAP. Contact us to give us an idea of when you'll be submitting.

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

Informational Webinar:
An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 for teachers, informal science educators and researchers. If you were unable to attend, you can view the event archive and presentation here.

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 contact ARCUS. We will be asking the teacher to 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 2019-2020, we will be accepting applications from both informal science educators as well as formal classroom teachers (teaching in grades 6-12). Informal educators work in locations such as science centers, museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and nature centers, etc. Teachers and informal educators both will have a primary focus on middle and high school students and/or their teachers.
  • 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.

Download the PolarTREC Researcher Application in Microsoft Word Format

If you have any questions, contact ARCUS at info [at] polartrec.com.

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