Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

Recap: Joint Science Education Project 2014

JSEP students and their teachers gather at Summit Station in Greenland. All photos: Lynn Foshee Reed

JSEP students and their teachers gather at Summit Station in Greenland. All photos: Lynn Foshee Reed

Earlier this summer, Lynn Foshee Reed, organizer of Arctic Science Education Week, sent us a recap of the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) 2014. In it, she wrote, “It is rare that high school students and teachers from multiple nations are provided with the opportunity to live and learn together. Even more uncommon is when they are given the chance to work alongside scientists and other experts in hands-on field experiences. To do so in the Arctic, in Greenland, demonstrates that the Joint Science Education Project is truly an extraordinary educational gem.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

For those of you who don’t know, JSEP brings select American high school students to Greenland for a collaborative diplomatic effort to team with Danish and Greenlandic students and researchers to learn about Arctic science. Admission is by application, and applications for the 2015 year will be due at the end of January 2015. Check back on the official JSEP website for application info.

In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of what JSEP students experience.

Last summer 18 students and seven teachers participated in JSEP, gaining exposure to the environment, research, and collaboration in the Arctic. All images: Lynn Foshee Reed

Last summer 18 students and seven teachers participated in JSEP, gaining exposure to the environment, research, and collaboration in the Arctic. 

JSEP students learn about weather balloons on the ice. JSEP introduces select high school students to a variety of National Science Foundation-supported Arctic research.

JSEP students learn about weather balloons on the ice. JSEP introduces select high school students to a variety of National Science Foundation-supported Arctic research.

The Arctic's diversity is evident through its varying landscapes.

The Arctic’s diversity is evident through its varying landscapes.

Students take water samples during one of their excursions as part of JSEP 2014.

Students take water samples during one of their excursions as part of JSEP 2014.