Appendix A
Committee Statement of Task11

This committee will assist the Tinker Foundation by designing a prestigious award to support an exemplary Antarctic researcher, in any field of Antarctic science or policy, to be presented annually by the Tinker Foundation in honor of its Chairman, Martha Twitchell Muse. The Muse Fellowship will be targeted to help develop and grow the ranks of Antarctic researchers by providing support to a researcher with clear leadership potential at the critical early stages of his/her academic career. The committee will:

  • define the purpose and scope of the award

  • establish selection criteria and application materials

  • develop a strategy for announcing the inaugural competition during the International Polar Year 2007–2008

The committee will examine other scientific awards and fellowships for insights about how to ensure that this award supports significant research and is a long-term legacy of the International Polar Year. The committee will provide a written plan to guide the award process; administration of the award will be done by an independent, international body, such as the International Council of Science’s Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.

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Although the committee’s statement of task specifically mentions individuals in the early stages of their career, the president of the Tinker Foundation stressed to the committee that it should use its best judgment regarding whom the prize should target. It was also conveyed that the Foundation would be open to whatever the committee recommended.



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Appendix A Committee Statement of Task11 This committee will assist the Tinker Foundation by designing a prestigious award to support an exemplary Antarctic researcher, in any field of Antarctic science or policy, to be presented annually by the Tinker Foundation in honor of its Chairman, Martha Twitchell Muse. The Muse Fellowship will be targeted to help develop and grow the ranks of Antarctic researchers by providing support to a researcher with clear leadership potential at the critical early stages of his/her academic career. The committee will: define the purpose and scope of the award establish selection criteria and application materials develop a strategy for announcing the inaugural competition during the International Polar Year 2007–2008 The committee will examine other scientific awards and fellowships for insights about how to ensure that this award supports significant research and is a long-term legacy of the International Polar Year. The committee will provide a written plan to guide the award process; administration of the award will be done by an independent, international body, such as the International Council of Science’s Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. 11 Although the committee’s statement of task specifically mentions individuals in the early stages of their career, the president of the Tinker Foundation stressed to the committee that it should use its best judgment regarding whom the prize should target. It was also conveyed that the Foundation would be open to whatever the committee recommended. 18