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Call for Board Members 2024-2025



USAPECS announces our call for applications for the 2024-2025 executive board. Members of the USAPECS Board work together to develop and execute activities of interest and beneficial to Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) members in the US. These activities can include anything you're passionate about—relevant to polar early career researchers—from organizing social events or panel discussions at meetings to running a remotely-hosted webinar series, Polar film fest, and IDEA training sessions.


Our activities in 2023-24 included:

  • Updating and increasing our focus on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) initiatives by organizing events such as Polar Film Fest, webinars, and more.

  • Organizing a blog series focusing on ‘Exploring Polar Sciences Across Disciplines’.

  • Creating early career newsletters in collaboration with the IARPC Early Career Forum.

  • Participating in International Polar Week activities including a round table with Film Fest filmmakers.

  • Sharing research and other opportunities on our Twitter account (https://twitter.com/US_APECS)

  • Supporting various Arctic organizations to promote opportunities for Early Career Researchers and collaborating with polar communities such as the APECS International, ARCUS, IARPC, and PSECCO


Task groups we hope to run in 2024-25 include:

  • AGU Events and outreach at other Polar conferences

  • Social media

  • Blog

  • Webinars

  • Website maintenance and design

  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA)

  • IARPC Collaboration on the Early Career Forum (https://usapecs.wixsite.com/usapecs/iarpc)

  • Develop partnerships with our collaborators, which include APECS international, ARCUS, PSECCO, IARPC, and COLDEX


This is a great opportunity to become more involved in the broader polar science community within the US. The time commitment varies depending on your level of involvement but is typically two to four hours or so per month unless you are particularly involved in an activity (like running a scicomm workshop or leading the organization of the AGU fall meeting).


If you're interested in serving on the USAPECS Board in 2024-25, please send an email to USAPECS@gmail.com with:

  • your name

  • title of your current position (undergrad, master student, PhD student, postdoc, faculty, science tech, science outreach coordinator, etc)

  • where you are employed (or the University you are attending)

  • a few short sentences on why you think you would be a good fit for the USAPECS board and activities you would like to help organize this year in the task groups organized by USAPECS. We especially welcome new ideas associated with the task groups we hope to run in 2024-25 and how you intend on helping to see those through.


Applications are due August 15th. We will have an online meeting to welcome new members in mid-to-late-September.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Kind regards,

Mohammad Afzal Shadab, Meghan Schaberg, and Lavanya Ashokkumar

USAPECS Chairs

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