Faculty Advisors

All CARPE student applications require a letter or support and commitment from a faculty advisor or first-year faculty mentor. Bellow are benefits and responsibilities of having a student participate in this program. (Note that students pursuing PhDs will be eligible to apply for a 1-year CARPE fellowship to support tuition and stipend during their second year in the program)  

Please send the letter of support to carpe-nrt@unh.edu...or contact Ruth Varner or Katharine Duderstadt directly if you have a graduate student (MS or PhD) interested in joining the CARPE program.  (We will begin reviewing appilications on February 1st) 

What are the benefits to you as a CARPE Faculty Advisor? 

  • Gain tangible experience in bringing NSF's Big Idea of Convergence Research into your research team and scholarship. 
  • Broaden the reach of your research into Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. 
  • Develop expertise in community engagements and co-production of knowledge with Indigenous communities and local stakeholders,
  • Diversify your research teams. 
  • Help graduate education at UNH evolve to meet 21st century challenges. 


What are the benefits to your students as CARPE Trainees? 

  • Receive valuable mentorship and support through the CARPE faculty team and student peer cohorts. 
  • Benefit from the CARPE Individual Development Plans connecting the student's graduate education with the development of future career ambitions and pathways. 
  • Learn how to work with interdisciplinary teams and engage with communities to develop specific and compelling scientific initiatives addressing societally relevant problems 
  • Participate in training and develop valuable skills in Communication, Ethics, Teamwork, and Career Readiness. 
  • PhD students eligible for 1-year of funding (stipend, tuition, fees, and summer internship)


What are your responsibilities as a Faculty Advisor? 

  • Participate in pre-program training (held annually at the Shoals Marine Lab in August)
  • Attend UNH’s Mentor Academy (offered in Spring as part of a UNH EPSCoR grant)
  • Meet annually with the Program Director, Coordinator, Evaluator, and Student Advisee to track timely progress toward PhD degree and fulfillment of goals outlined in the student's Individual Development Plan. 
  • If advising a PhD funded CARPE fellow, one chapter of the student's PhD dissertation will be based on CARPE team convergence research collaborations and a co-authored team paper. 


CARPE promotes transformative graduate training – where convergent scientific research and mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous and local communities becomes the norm rather than the exception.