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Deadline, Jan. 31: Applications for field experiences for high school students

December 8, 2016

Deadline, Jan. 31: Applications for educational field experiences in Greenland and Antarctica for high-school students

Through a grant to the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College, the Division of Polar Programs provides two NSF funded opportunities for U.S. high school students to travel to the Arctic and Antarctic to participate in hands-on and inquiry-based science activities. The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) takes students to Greenland and the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) takes students to Antarctica.

Online applications for the 2018 session of both programs are being accepted between now and Jan. 31 here:

NOTE: All current high-school juniors who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for the JSEP and JASE programs, but to qualify for JASE, you must be fluent in Spanish.

During JSEP, students and teachers from the US, Denmark, and Greenland come together to learn about the research conducted in Greenland and the logistics involved in supporting it. JSEP has two educational units. Dartmouth faculty and graduate students work closely with the Greenland government funded Kangerlussuaq Science Field School. Dartmouth has primary responsibility for the Science Education Week portion of JSEP.

JASE is co-sponsored by NSF and the Chilean Antarctic Institute, a major research base supported by the government of Chile.

During January or February of each year, a team of U.S. high school students and teachers will travel to Antarctica via Punta Arenas, Chile, where they will join a group of Chilean high school students, teachers, and scientists for a week of hands-on science on King George Island. Students participate in a number of activities, such as tours of Antarctic science facilities, studies of animal behavior at marine habitats, vegetation surveys at glacial margins, and glaciological studies.

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