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2019 Inspiring Girls Expeditions
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Basic Information

  • Pronouns

  • Contact Information

  • School Information

  • Parent or Guardian Name/Contact Information/Address

  • Program Ranking Selection

  • How did you hear about us?


We seek to build diverse teams, made up of participants who identify with a range of racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, family, and geographical backgrounds. In this task, we ask you to share how you view yourself. Remember, we are not looking for specific answers to these questions. We want you to write what is true for you!

1. Do you raise your hand and participate in class?

  • Rarely

  • Often

  • Sometimes

2. Do you plan to go to college?

  • No

  • Yes

  • Unsure

3. Did either of your parents go to college?

  • No

  • Yes

4. Do you work outside of school?

  • No

  • Yes

5. My favorite school subject is:

Check all that apply.

  • Art

  • English

  • History

  • Math

  • Music

  • Science

  • Sports

  • Other, please specify:

6. Three words my friends would use to describe me are…

7. I feel my ethnicity or heritage can best be described as…

Check all that apply.

  • American Indian, First Nation, Alaska Native, or Indigenous (for example, Navajo Nation, Mayan, Native Village of Barrow, Dene, Inuit, Cree, Métis, etc)

  • African American or Black (for example, African American, Haitian, African, Jamaican, etc)

  • Asian (for example, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, etc)

  • Latina/x (for example, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran, Colombian, etc)

  • Middle Eastern or North African (for example, Lebanese, Iranian, Egyptian, Moroccan, etc)

  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (for example, Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Chamorro, Tongan, etc)

  • White (for example, English, Italian, Russian, French, Polish, etc)

  • My ethnicity or heritage is not represented here. I identify as: 

8. What kind of neighborhood did you grow up in?

  • Urban

  • Suburban

  • Rural

9. How would you describe your family's lifestyle?

  • Upper or upper middle class

  • Middle class

  • Lower middle or working class

  • Other, please specify:

10. Do you identify with any of the following?

This question is optional. Inspiring Girls Expeditions strives to create a supportive space for all participants, and answers to questions like these will help us get a better sense of who you are. Check all that apply. 

  • Choose not to answer

  • Child of a single parent

  • Child of divorced parents

  • Currently not living with parents

  • Lived or currently live in foster care

  • Coming from an active military family

  • Recent immigrant

  • First generation American or Canadian

  • Lived or currently live on an American Indian reservation, in an Alaska Native village, or on a First Nations reserve

Health and Well-Being

If you are accepted as a team member on an expedition, you will be required to complete a basic physical examination and obtain approval for participation from a physician or physician's assistant. Please contact us with any questions regarding this requirement.

1. How fast could you run 2 miles today?
If you haven't run 2 miles recently, please ask someone to help you time yourself.

2. How much do you typically exercise each week?
Please provide the activity, duration, and number of times per week (for example: running, 30 minutes, 2 times per week).

3. Tell us about the most challenging physical experience you have recently done (run, hike, walk, paddle, climb, swim, sports event, etc).
Please describe this experience (how far you went, how long ago it was, the terrain, the duration, etc), when you accomplished this, and what you learned that will help you train for Inspiring Girls Expeditions if you are accepted.

4. Are you capable of comfortably swimming 25 yards freestyle in deep water, face down, breathing alternate sides, then treading water for 1 minute, and then swimming back?

We ask this because our water-based expeditions require that we select participants who are comfortable in deep water for safety reasons. We recommend Red Cross swimming level 3 at a minimum and will discuss this more with you if you are selected for the team.

  • Yes

  • No

5. Better physical fitness will help you enjoy the program more. What ideas do you have for training to increase your physical fitness if you are selected for a team? 

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is a physically and emotionally demanding program. With this in mind, our expeditions are not an appropriate choice for individuals experiencing significant physical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, or medical conditions. Please answer the following two questions honestly so that we may consider how best to serve your needs while creating a diverse and supportive team. Note that we may discuss your answers with you or ask to speak with your physician prior to your acceptance to a team.

6. Do you have any physical or medical conditions that would make camping, hiking, or living outside challenging?***

Please choose any that apply. You will have the option to provide further information below.

  • No physical or medical conditions

  • Epilepsy

  • Diabetes

  • Allergies

  • Seizure disorder

  • Dizziness, vertigo, or fainting

  • Respiratory issues

  • Asthma

  • Hepatitis or liver disease

  • Cardiac issues

  • Weight 50 pounds or greater than the average for your height

  • Broken any bones or sustained any serious join, muscle, or back injuries in the past 3 years

  • Emergency Room visit in the past three years

  • Other, please specify:

7. Do you have any cognitive, behavioral, or emotional conditions that might make doing rigorous physical activity, being in an unfamiliar landscape, being with a new group of people, or being pushed outside of your comfort zone challenging for you?***

Please choose any that apply. You will have the option to provide further information below.

  • No cognitive, behavioral, or emotional conditions

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Eating disorder

  • Psychological or behavioral diagnosis

  • Neurological diagnosis

  • Past or current drug, alcohol, or tobacco dependence or addiction

  • Other, please specify:

***Except in extreme cases affecting safety of the team, your answer to this question will not be weighted more heavily than any other in our decision to accept you. Your honest answer allows us to consider how best to serve your needs while creating a diverse and supportive team. 


Please answer the following questions with one or two paragraphs. Specific examples and stories are generally more useful and engaging to the application review committee than general statements. Your answers to these questions are the best way for us to learn about you! Each question is limited to 900 characters, or about 1-2 paragraphs.

1. Please describe your interest in Inspiring Girls Expeditions.

Why do you want to participate in this program? How do you think this experience will impact your future?

2. How do you spend your days and weekends outside of school? What is a typical day and a typical weekend like for you?

3. Tell us about a recent scientific discovery or ongoing scientific question that excites and intrigues you.

What about this discovery or question interests you?

4. Describe your relationship to or experience with art as a tool for expression and communication.

Here, 'art' can include (but is not limited to) drawing and painting, sculpture, music, dance, theater, photography, writing, or any kind of activity you use to express yourself creatively.

5. What do you feel are your strengths or outstanding qualities of character? What do you feel are your weaknesses or areas in which you wish to improve your character?

6. Where do you see yourself in six years?
Tell us about your goals for your career, schooling, personal life, etc. 

7. What are your ideas for fundraising if you are selected for a team?

If you are selected as a team member, you will be asked to fundraise a portion of your travel cost. Our expeditions are tuition-free and include food and gear rentals, but we ask each participant to make a contribution to their travel cost. This helps us provide assistance to more participants and helps you feel committed to your team. 

8. Tell us: what makes you uniquely you?

There is only one 'you' out there, and we would love to hear more about who you are. Inspiring Girls strives to build a diverse team of all kinds of girls on each expedition - diverse in terms of hometowns, upbringings, personalities, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. This question will help us build such a team.

9. Have you applied to Inspiring Girls Expeditions in previous years?
We admire perseverance. This information will speed up the process of cross-referencing.

  • No

  • Yes

The following is optional:

11. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?