United States Permafrost Association

Cathy Wilson
President Elect
John Thornley
Past President
John Zarling
Susan Wilson
Peppi Croft
Board Members
Torsten Mayrberger
Jessica Ernakovich
Michelle Walvoord
Anna Wagner
PYRN Representative:
Helena Bergstedt
IPA Executive Committee
Frederick "Fritz" Nelson
IPA Representative
Kevin Schaefer
Ed Yarmak

US Permafrost Association
PO Box 750141
Fairbanks, AK

Frozen Ground
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USPA-PYRN Educational Fund (UPEF)

The USPA-PYRN Educational Fund (UPEF) was established to promote cooperative efforts between the USPA and the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN). The purpose of the UPEF fund is to promote education on science and engineering issues related to permafrost. A focus of these activities is the promotion of students entering into fields of interest related to permafrost. The committee shall provide input and recommendations reflecting the views of USPA and PYRN members on the management and applications of the Educational Fund to the USPA BoD.The UPEF committee includes the PYRN representative of the USPA Board of Directors (BoD), an additional member of the USPA BoD, and one or two PYRN member(s) that is (are) neither a PYRN Executive Committee member nor a USPA BoD member.

The UPEF Fund provides support for the professional development of the next generation of permafrost researchers. Each year, UPEF provides merit-based opportunities for travel grants to AGU and other scientific conferences. UPEF also supports travel to International Conferences on Permafrost -most recently to the the 2018 European Regional Permafrost Conference in France.

Committee Members

Kelsey Nyland (Chair)
Matthew Whitley
Jennifer Watts
Melissa Ward Jones

Upcoming Support Opportunities (Award Title, Deadline):

  • AGU 2020, TBD - Last Update: 20200713: Word, PDF

UPEF Educational Award Winners are Leading the Next Generation of Permafrost Scientists

- Full Listing of UPEF Award Winners
- Andrew Slater Award Winners

2020 UPEF Program Sponsorship Form - Includes sponsorship benefits for various levels