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Now Accepting Applications - PolarTREC Teachers 2009/2010

Now Accepting Applications - PolarTREC Teachers 2009/2010

Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating
Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.

Teacher Application Deadline: Monday, 29 September 2008

For further information, please go to:
Or contact:

Phone: 907-474-1600


The PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) program is currently accepting teacher applications for the third year of teacher research experiences. Teachers are invited to submit an application to participate in field research learning experiences during the 2009 (Arctic) or 2009-2010 (Antarctic) field seasons. More information and application forms are available at:


PolarTREC is a three-year (2007-2009) program of the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) focusing on a wide variety of research activities occurring in both the Arctic and Antarctic during and after the International Polar Year (IPY). PolarTREC pairs K-12 teachers with researchers to improve science education through authentic polar research experiences. The program integrates research and education to produce a legacy of long-term teacher-researcher collaborations, improved teacher content knowledge, and broad public interest and engagement in polar science. The IPY presents an outstanding opportunity for researchers to share their passion for polar research through topics that naturally engage students and the wider public. PolarTREC is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Through PolarTREC, over 40 U.S. teachers will spend two to six weeks in the Arctic or Antarctic, working closely with researchers in the field as an integral part of the science team. PolarTREC teachers and researchers will be matched based on similar goals and interests and teachers will be trained to meet the program requirements prior to the field season. While in the field, teachers and researchers will communicate extensively with their colleagues, communities, and students of all ages across the globe, using a variety of tools including satellite phones, online journals, podcasts, and interactive “Live from IPY” events and web-based seminars.

Teachers and research projects will be selected and matched to fill the openings available. All major expenses associated with teacher participation in PolarTREC field experiences are covered by the program, including transportation to and from the field site, food, lodging, and substitute teacher costs.

We expect that teachers will be notified of selection decisions in December 2008.


Teacher Application Deadline: Monday, 29 September 2008


Interested teachers, researchers, and the public are encouraged to participate in a PolarTREC informational webinar (web conference), scheduled for Wednesday, 10 September 2008, at 2:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time (12:00 p.m. HDT; 3:00 p.m. PDT; 4:00 p.m. MDT; 5:00 p.m. CDT; 6:00 p.m. EDT).

Please register early! An online webinar registration form is available at:

Instructions will be sent to all registered participants. Participation in the webinar is free, optional, and is not a prerequisite for applying to the PolarTREC program.

Webinar Registration Deadline: Tuesday, 9 September 2008


More information about PolarTREC, including program goals, requirements, expectations, and frequently asked questions, is available at:

For further information, please contact:


Phone: 907-474-1600

Funding for PolarTREC is provided by the National Science Foundation (Award Number: 632401).

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William, Dec 6th, 2008:

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nice programm. Unfortunately, filed an application but couldn’t go through selection procedure. Hope thouth, the next time i will.
Jamie, you can get application on-line or contact via their mails.
GOod luck.

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