The International Polar Year (IPY) provides a unique opportunity for a select group of early career polar scientists to blaze a new trail for polar research, one that will include pathways across the natural and social sciences.

The NGPR symposium will bring together thirty-six advanced graduate students and recent Ph.D. graduates who are or will be conducting independent research during the 2007-2009 IPY.

Scholars will present and discuss their research to increase awareness of work conducted by their peers during this IPY and provide a foundation for future collaborations.

The symposium represents a unique opportunity to provide this new generation with a common sense of history and purpose. Several internationally recognized polar experts, including veteran polar scientists who were actively engaged in the 1957-1958 International Geophysical Year (IGY), will share perspectives on the history and future of polar research. The setting will provide an open forum for discussion that should lead to cross-fertilization of research ideas and advance science at the intersection of science and society.

The net result should be expansion of participants' historical, scientific and professional outlook.

Participants will be competitively selected by committee through a rigorous application process with the goal of identifying early career scientists who are likely to become part of the IPY legacy, just as David Keeling and others who were "early career" during the 1957-1958 IGY went on to make major contributions to our understanding of the world.

Advanced students and Ph.D. graduates conducting research in the Arctic or Antarctic region during the IPY and who complete(d) their degree between January 1, 2002 and March 31, 2009 are eligible to apply.

Scholars from the full range of natural and social sciences are eligible. While the focus is on the U.S. system, with preference given for American citizens and U.S. residents, a few slots will be reserved for citizens of any country residing outside the U.S. who demonstrate interest in working with U.S. researchers.

More information can be found from the NGPR Flier
See http://www.disccrs.org/ngpr/apply.html for application instructions.

Please direct any questions to Sheldon Drobot or Sue Weiler.