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2018 NSF Antarctic Biology Course Application Form
General Information
Call for Applications:
The United States National Science Foundation (NSF) is sponsoring the next Antarctic Biology Course at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in January 2018. This is an international program, open to all nationalities. Applications are invited from (1) graduate students currently enrolled in a PhD program, (2) postdoctoral researchers, and (3) early-career faculty-level research scientists who are interested in the study of environmental change and biological adaptations of polar organisms.

Details on Eligibility
• Be currently enrolled as a PhD student in good academic standing, or have earned a PhD within the past five years.
• Have clear, career-enhancing reasons for wanting to participate in the 2018 Antarctic Biology Course, and have a strong rationale for wanting to study biological adaptations of Antarctic organisms related to environmental change.
• Must be able to pass the US Antarctic Program’s physical and dental deployment requirements.
• Provide evidence of an ability to work well with others on collaborative research projects undertaken in close and confined settings.

Course Themes:
The emphasis of the 2018 Antarctic Biology Course will be on integrative biology, using a combination of laboratory- and field-based projects focused on biological adaptations of polar organisms to environmental change. A diverse team of instructors will offer participants the opportunity to study a wide range of Antarctic organisms (e.g., bacteria, algae, invertebrates, and fish), as well as study several different levels of biological analysis (spanning molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, physiology, ecology and evolution).

Training Impacts:
The Antarctic Biology Courses (offered since 1994) have a proven record of introducing participants to Antarctic science under realistic field conditions, and providing opportunities to understand and appreciate the complexities and logistical challenges of undertaking science in Antarctica. Course alumni have leveraged their Antarctic course experience to develop new research directions, incorporate polar science into curricula at their home institutions, and enhance public outreach activities.

For participants in the 2018 program, the major impacts will be to:
1) introduce new researchers to the unique features of biological processes in an extreme-cold environment;
2) provide an understanding of Antarctic biology in the context of evolutionary and environmental change in polar regions;
3) train participants in field and research methods that are unique to the study of biology in Antarctica;
4) foster an appreciation for the importance of the Antarctic ecosystem on global processes; and
5) prepare early-career scientists for success in developing their own independent research programs in polar regions.

Travel and Logistics:
Participants accepted to the course will receive some financial support to assist with the cost of travel from their home institution to Christchurch, NZ. From Christchurch the transit to McMurdo Station will be by aircraft operated by the US Antarctic Program (USAP). While working in Antarctica, full support will be provided for room & board and science activities. Each participant will be responsible for covering the costs of completing the NSF-required medical and dental examinations (required of all participants in the USAP). Outer extreme weather clothing will be provided. It is anticipated that travel dates to and from Antarctica will be from late December 2017 to late January 2018 (exact travel dates to be determined and could extend to early February, applicants should be aware that flexibility in their time schedule is necessary).

Course Directors:
Dr. Donal T. Manahan, University of Southern California
Dr. Deneb Karentz, University of San Francisco (karentzd@usfca.edu, contact for questions from applicants)

Other course senior faculty:
Dr. Mark Denny, Stanford University
Dr. Douglas Bartlett, University of California, San Diego

Application Process:
Complete the application form below. Completed applications will require:
• Completed information form.
• Curriculum vitae (7500-character maximum, including spaces)
• Statement of interest, including a description of current research activities and career goals related to reasons for wanting to participate in the Antarctic biology training program in January 2018 (3000-character maximum, including spaces).
• A statement (short-essay format) describing your personal interest in how biological adaptation has the potential to interact with environmental change in polar regions (3000-character maximum, including spaces).
• During the program in Antarctica, each participant will be expected to present a short lecture (ca. 20 minutes) about their research findings to date. An abstract of the proposed presentation (1200-character maximum) is part of the application process.
• Names and contact information of three individuals who can be contacted by the Course Selection Committee.

The deadline for submission of completed applications is April 17, 2017.

For additional clarification, please see https://www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/antarctic-biology-training-program/course-details for course details and see https://www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/antarctic-biology-training-program/how-to-apply for eligibility.

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