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International Polar Year essay contest open to college students

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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