Ottawa, Ontario, May 22, 2012 – Students on Ice, an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic, has been awarded another $60,000 grant from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
The funding will be provided over a three year period to support the work of 12 leading Canadian scientists (4 per year) to participate in three annual SOI Arctic expeditions in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Before, during and after each expedition these scientists will work closely with 75 students per expedition helping to educate, motivate and inspire the next generation of polar scientists, researchers and environmental leaders. Because of the rigorous teaching and publishing commitments for these educators, the generous funding provided by NSERC will make it possible for individuals to participate without any financial hardship.
The NSERC PromoScience Program offers financial support for organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering. Through this program, the Government of Canada is providing $2.4 million to 49 organizations including universities, non-governmental organizations, museums and science centres. NSERC is a federal agency that supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. The agency provides funding to over 12,000 professors every year and encourages more than 2,000 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.
Students on Ice provides students, educators and scientists from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of the Earth and, in doing so, helps them to foster a new understanding and respect for the planet. Since 2000, SOI has been successfully leading at least two youth polar expeditions per year – one to the Arctic and one to the Antarctic.
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