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Early Career Newsletter - November 2023

Arctic Early Career News

USAPECS + IARPC Early Career Forum

Periodically USAPECS and the IARPC Early Career Forum will share research from, and opportunities for, early career researchers working in the polar regions. This regular round-up aims to highlight and celebrate the work being done by early career researchers in Arctic research. If you have information you would like to submit, please see the link below.

Are you or do you know an early career researcher who has recently published work related to the Arctic? We at USAPECS and the IARPC Early Career Forum want to highlight your work! Please fill out this form with any Arctic publications, webinars, posters, etc. and we will share on the IARPC Early Career Forum and with our USAPECS Twitter followers. Anyone who identifies as early career is eligible to submit! Any questions? Email for more information. Submit documents here: 


Zachary Labe, Mary-Louise Timmermans

“Sea surface temperature [in “Arctic Report Card 2022”]”

Date of Publication: 2022

Type: Paper

Keywords: Arctic, Arctic Amplification, Sea Ice, Sea Surface Temperature

Peter M. Finocchio, James D. Doyle, Daniel P. Stern

“Accelerated Sea Ice Loss from Late Summer Cyclones in the New Arctic”

Date of Publication: December 2022

Type: Paper

Keywords: Arctic Cyclones, Sea Ice, Climate Change

Twitter: @feet_pinocchio 


AGU Social: Connect with polar early career researchers!

December 13, 2023 at 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm PT

Are you an early career polar researcher going to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting? Join other Arctic, Antarctic, and high alpine researchers at a social co-hosted by PSECCO, Polar Impact, and The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (USAPECS). Learn about how you can get involved with these organizations or be supported by them while enjoying snacks courtesy of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder. 

The social will start in the Sierra AB room at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis (room courtesy of the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), which is located by the Moscone Center), and will likely move on to another location for food or drinks outside of the hotel.

Atmospheric Climate Letters

We are excited to announce a special issue of Atmospheric Science Letters on using novel data science methods (e.g., machine learning) to evaluate climate extremes, including for polar regions. We especially welcome submissions from early-career scientists. Regional extreme weather and climate events, such as droughts, excessive heat waves, or strong storms, can cause severe societal impacts and economic damage. These extreme events and their subsequent risks are projected to amplify with ongoing anthropogenic climate change. In recent years, several new approaches and methods have been introduced in climate science, which aim to better characterize, attribute, predict, and communicate extreme events and their associated impacts. Such research initiatives include, for instance, the use of data-driven machine learning algorithms to detect and quantify local and large-scale causal drivers of extreme events, statistical frameworks to describe and understand the co-occurrence of extremes both in space and time, new tools to map extreme events to their ecological and socio-economic impacts, and methods to partition and constrain the uncertainties related to projections of extreme events. Submission deadline: Wednesday, 31 July 2024 (papers will be published on a rolling basis). For more information and to submit your paper: behalf of the guest editing team: Marlene Kretschmer (lead guest editor; Leipzig University), Aglaé Jézéquel (co-guest editor; Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD)), Zachary Labe (co-guest editor; Princeton University and NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory), and Danielle Touma (co-guest editor; University of Texas at Austin).

MIT Climate and Energy Prize:


Since its founding in 2007, MIT CEP has received 850+ applications from student startup teams across the U.S. and Europe, offered world-class mentoring to over 280 teams, and granted more than $3.5M in non-dilutive cash prizes. Teams compete for $100,000+ in prize money and have access to mentoring and other resources. Over 220 companies that participated in the past prizes have successfully launched and raised $1.7+ billion in follow-on funding.

Who can apply to MIT CEP 2024?

  • TL;DR: A Team (or a startup) with students/postdocs from ANY university or college (find the full description of eligibility here)

  • If you are an individual looking for a team or a team looking for additional members we provide a matching opportunity! 

Why should you apply?

  • Opportunity to win over US$100,000 non-dilutive cash prizes

  • Chance to pitch to and receive feedback from industry expert/VC judges

  • Access to 1-on-1 mentorship from industry leaders, pitch bootcamp, and other resources to develop your venture

  • Join the global MIT CEP network with corporate sponsors, mentors, judges, CEP alumni startups and investors! 

Are you interested but looking for a team or team members?

If you are an applicant looking to form a team or find another team member, please use this matching sheet to register your interest and contact others on the list. This list is now LIVE!

Want to learn more about the application?

Check out what’s in the application here:

MIT CEP 2024 Timelines?

Application deadlines:

  • Dec 7th 2023 for Early Birds (for early access to mentorship, bootcamp and more!)

  • Jan 7th 2024 for Final Deadline

First pitch - Virtual Round in Feb 2024

Semi-finals in Boston and Semi-finals in London in March 2024

Finals in Boston in April 2024

Inquiries on the application

Feel free to send questions to the MIT CEP Application Experience team at

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Other News

Student and faculty applications are open for the 2024 Juneau Icefield Research Program field season!

The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) is an 8-week summer field course for students interested in undergraduate-level Polar sciences. Participants receive a wide range of training in Earth & climate sciences, alpine travel and safety skills, and science communication while traversing the Juneau Icefield from Southeast Alaska to northern British Columbia. 

We are seeking Students who are interested in participating in the JIRP 2024 Expedition. We are also seeking Faculty who are interested in teaching for 2 weeks during the student program. More information about each opportunity can be found below!

Key Dates:

December 10, 2023: Student Academic and Scholarship applications due (rolling basis for late submissions)

January 14, 2023: Faculty applications due (rolling basis for late submissions)

Early February 2024: Application Decisions sent out

Early June - Early August 2024: JIRP 2024 Expedition (Faculty attend for 2 weeks in this date range, students attend full expedition)

More Information for Students:

The JIRP curriculum is geared towards undergraduates. JIRP is also appropriate for graduate students with limited experience in these topics, rising high school seniors who demonstrate academic drive, and non-traditional students who are interested in moving toward Earth science. We do not require students to be currently enrolled in school.

There are no specific prerequisites for JIRP, just a willingness to learn! This is a fantastic opportunity for students interested in glacial science who do not have access to relevant coursework at their home institutions. Additionally, we cater safety training to participants with no backcountry experience.

The JIRP academic curriculum focuses on glaciology, climate processes, glacial geomorphology, periglacial ecology, and interactions between these systems. Students learn through academic workshops, field trips, and lectures with rotating faculty from around the world. Faculty focus on the primary topics listed above but also cover Alaskan geologic history, geomatics, remote sensing, geophysics, scientific literacy, and science communication. Students also work with research teams on the Juneau Icefield to acquire hands-on experience with modern fieldwork.

The JIRP field safety curriculum teaches students how to live and work safely in alpine and Polar environments. Students will learn basic backcountry skills, including packing a backpack, hydration/nutrition, and wilderness first aid. During our 2-week safety orientation, we progress to covering technical rope skills, backcountry travel on crampons and skis, group management, and route finding. After safety orientation, JIRP students use their skills every day of the season to further their scientific and academic objectives. 

For additional information, visit For specific inquiries, reach out to our staff at

More Information for Faculty:

Teaching Faculty at JIRP are volunteers who are eager to share their passion and knowledge with students. We cover all expenses for our Teaching Faculty once they arrive in Juneau, including food, lodging, and helicopter flights. Faculty members are responsible for funding their own flights to Juneau.

Typically, Teaching Faculty participate in one two-week block during the summer. Faculty should be prepared to teach several undergraduate-level lectures in our core curriculum areas, lead hands-on field workshops or exercises, and mentor students on their research projects. We are actively seeking faculty who can contribute to our core curriculum in glaciology, glacial geology, and climate science, as well as in complementary fields like atmospheric science, alpine ecology, biogeochemistry, geomorphology, tectonics, polar engineering, science communication, science policy, and related disciplines.

While many of our faculty are active professors, we also welcome advanced graduate students, professionals working in Polar sciences, science communicators, and others to apply.

Teaching faculty will accompany students on the Icefield, so should be prepared for 8-10 hours of challenging physical activity each day. Faculty will attend a required safety training covering basic mountaineering and crevasse-rescue skills to ensure they can safely navigate the Icefield with students.

JIRP also supports a separate Research Faculty track for scientists looking to conduct externally funded projects on the Juneau Icefield. JIRP can provide logistical support, opportunities to engage motivated students in research, and outreach possibilities. On a case-by-case basis, we can also explore possibilities to support research outside the normal time frame of the student summer program. 

For additional information, visit For specific inquiries, reach out to our staff at

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