"We are looking for US-based scientists and professionals with any polar/alpine/cryosphere connection for this series. Our goal is to gain perspectives from a variety of people involved in polar research in any discipline to help inform the early career community of the current challenges and opportunities in finding a community within the field and ways to get involved in polar research. We will prioritize blog posts from those who are in their early career, but we welcome proposals from those at any career stage. Potential topics include: finding a polar mentor or peer group, being a fellow or intern in a supportive polar organization, or being a part of any affinity groups. Also, if you are attending a relevant meeting and would like to share your experiences participating and networking, or any new insights with the USAPECS community, we also welcome you to submit a proposal for a blog post.

Each blog will be approximately 3-5 paragraphs (or longer, if preferred) and a series of optional questions and writing prompts will be provided for inspiration.

If you are interested in participating, please email usapecs@gmail.com with your name, affiliation, career field (academia, government, NGO, private sector, etc.) and a short (1-3 sentence) pitch by March 4, 2022

Please forward this announcement to any others who you think have an interesting perspective to share and may be willing to participate. Selected blog contributors will be notified within 2 weeks. First drafts of the blogs will be expected by April 15th, 2022. The series will be launched in late spring and will consist of monthly or bi-monthly posts depending on the level of interest we receive."