International Polar Year, or IPY (2007-2009) is by far the most exciting international scientific and educational opportunity of this century. For the next two years, all eyes will be focused on the physical, social and human dimensions of our planet's polar regions. Watch this blog for news related to Canadian outreach and education efforts related to IPY. Of particular interest to educators! Note: This blog is created independently of any official IPY organization

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


ESSAY CONTEST CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL POLAR YEAR (IPY)! For more information about the essay contest from the Norwegian Researchers and Teachers Association of North America (NORTANA) visit the website at: Or contact: Louis Janus CARLA Office, 674 Heller Hall University of Minnesota 271-19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 624-9016 *************************************************************** The International Polar Year (IPY) is a large scientific program focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic. The IPY runs from March 2007 to March 2009. The Norwegian Researchers and Teachers Association of North America (NORTANA) announces an essay contest in conjunction with IPY for college students in North America. Norway and Norwegians have played many active scientific, social, political and cultural roles in the Arctic and Antarctic regions for hundreds of years. Undergraduate students at any North American college or university are invited to submit essays on topics including, but not restricted to, Norway¹s activities, research, industry, Sami population, or the creative arts in the polar regions. Further topics might include Polar exploration, whaling, environmental projects, international relations, climate change or recreation. The essays may be factual or polemical. Primary and secondary sources must be acknowledged. The winning essay writer will receive a scholarship award of $500. Essays should be approximately 1500 words long, and they should be written in English. To be considered, essays must be received by January 15, 2008. Send completed essays or questions to: Louis Janus at In order to be evaluated fairly, no indication of the writer¹s identity should be included in the essay. A code will be assigned to each essay, so the judges will not know whose essays they are reading. Essays will be judged on quality, clarity, originality, and insights provided. The winning essay will be published in NORTANA¹s newsletter and posted on the NORTANA website ( Send essays or questions to or by mail to Louis Janus, CARLA Office, 674 Heller Hall, University of Minnesota, 271-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. (612) 624-9016

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