The Polaris Project is an innovative international collaboration among students, teachers, and scientists. Funded by the National Science Foundation since 2008, the Polaris Project trains future leaders in arctic research and informs the public about the Arctic and global climate change.
In 2009, eleven undergraduates traveled more than halfway around the world to conduct cutting-edge investigations that advance scientific understanding of the changing Arctic. Four of the students returned in 2010 to continue their research and to mentor the new students. The two months they spent in Siberia changed their lives.