The Polaris Project is thrilled to announce that the 2017 group has been chosen. Our 18-person team includes 11 students (9 undergraduate and 2 graduate) who were selected from a remarkably strong set of applicants. The students come from across the US and its territories, from Alaska to Puerto Rico, and from a great diversity of backgrounds.…
The Polaris Project will once again be advancing scientific understanding of the changing Arctic, training the next generation of Arctic scientists, and engaging the public and decision makers using the example of the Arctic to captivate, educate, and inform.
This ten-year old burn site isn’t a simple walk through the park. The fire has left the land a subsided obstacle course scattered with wet and dry depressions to fall in and dead trees to trip over. At the end of a field day I leave bruised, tattered, sweaty, and covered in mosquito bites.
I have always marveled at the remarkable achievements of our students, before, during and after the summer research expedition. This year is no exception, and I take great joy in congratulating our alumni for the following accomplishments.
The night before my poster at the American Geophysical Union meeting, I barely slept. I had expected nerves and excitement, but I surprised myself with the level of anticipation I felt as I tossed and drifted in the hotel bed.
In the short term, I will need to communicate clearly at AGU when I present my poster in December. I will need to not only explain the research I did, but also answer questions from scientists who know far more about this field than I do. In some ways, it feels as though I am preparing for a debutante ball--an entrance into the scientific society that I wish to be a part of.
I think of Leana almost like our Russian “mother:” she always makes sure we don’t head out to the field without a lunch, often puts out our favorite snacks for late night lab work, and looks out for us with a watchful eye.
Since its inception in 2008, the Polaris Project has been sustained by grants from the National Science Foundation and through the generosity of private contributors including the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation, and the Cogan Family Foundation. Tax deductible donations in support of the Polaris Project may be sent to the Woods Hole Research Center, 149 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth, MA 02540