Joint Science Education Project (JSEP)

In this successful summer science and culture opportunity, students and teachers from the United States, Denmark, and Greenland come together to learn about the research conducted in Greenland and the logistics involved in supporting the research. They conduct experiments first-hand and participate in inquiry-based educational activities.

The JSEP format has evolved over the years into its current state, which consists of two field-based subprograms on site in Greenland: the Greenland-led Kangerlussuaq Science Field School and the U.S.-led Arctic Science Education Week.

Program Dates

Kangerlussuaq Science Field School is tentatively scheduled for 27 June - 9 July 2014. Students learn about and participate in polar science alongside researchers and teachers at field stations around Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Arctic Science Education Week is tentatively scheduled for 9 - 18 July 2014. Selected students will continue their Arctic science exploration by traveling to and experiencing science at the top of the Greenlandic ice sheet. Please note that Arctic Science Education Week participants are a subset of the students selected for the Kangerlussuaq Science Field School experience.

To get a better idea of the entire program, please go to last year's website and read the journals. A short video of JSEP 2012 highlights may be viewed at here.

If you have questions about the application or JSEP in general, please contact Lynn Foshee Reed, Einstein Educator Fellow, Division of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation: lreed [at] nsf [dot] gov, (703) 292-8051.

All travel, transportation, accommodations, and meals will be provided to the participants. Students must provide regular clothing, including a sturdy pair of hiking boots/shoes and rain gear. Extreme cold weather outerwear is provided to those chosen to travel to Summit Station. Participants must have a current passport.

Students chosen for the U.S. team must be in 10th or 11th grade at the time of application submittal and subsequent selection process, and they must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The application for JSEP 2014 is now closed.

The two teachers/references will be sent a link to the online recommendation form immediately AFTER you have submitted your application (the deadline is January 31). The references are given an additional week to complete the recommendation form - their deadline for submission is February 7. We recommend that JSEP applicants alert their references to the timeline, and if the references require more time, then the student should aim to submit his/her completed application before January 31.

A panel of distinguished STEM educators and scientists will review all the applications and select the five (5) students to represent the U.S. team. Each applicant will be notified of his/her selection status no later than March 15, 2014.

About JSEP

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The Joint Committee, a high-level forum involving the Greenlandic, Danish and U.S. governments, established the Joint Science Education Project in 2007, as a collaborative diplomatic effort during the International Polar Year to:

  1. Educate and inspire the next generation of polar scientists;
  2. Build strong networks of students and teachers among the three countries; and
  3. Provide an opportunity to practice language and communication skills by taking students to the ice sheet in Greenland to observe polar science in action.

Since its inception, JSEP has had 82 student and 22 teacher participants and has involved numerous scientists and field researchers.

Arctic Science Education Week 2012Arctic Science Education Week 2012 students launch weather balloon carrying an ozonesonde.

Kangerlussuaq Science Field School participants gather at Point 660, Greenland.Kangerlussuaq Science Field School participants gather at Point 660, Greenland.

JSEP 2013 students analyze lake chemistry near Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.JSEP 2013 students analyze lake chemistry near Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

In 2013, three Einstein Fellows traveled with five U.S. students (from Alaska, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Mexico) from Albany, New York to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland aboard an LC-130 from Scotia Air National Guard Base. Once in Greenland, the Americans joined three students and a teacher from Rosborg Gymnasium in Denmark, eight students from all over Greenland, and two additional teachers from Denmark who have experience teaching in Greenland.

During the 2013 Field School, all students and teachers participated in a variety of activities such as measuring discharge at the nearby Watson River, collecting fossils and garnets while learning about the geology of the area, cataloguing plants and conducting a biodiversity survey, sampling water from a number of lakes, and measuring ablation on the ice sheet. The highlight experience of Arctic Science Education Week 2013 was the four-day stay at Summit Station, the U.S. research facility located at the top of the Greenlandic ice sheet. While at Summit, the students and teachers visited a back-lit snow pit and took samples from it for analysis by a University of Colorado scientist. They also learned about albedo from graduate students at Dartmouth. Arctic Science Education Week activities in Kangerlussuaq included visiting a nesting site of peregrine falcons and holding a days-old chick as well as taking lake samples with Indiana University researchers to measure methane.

JSEP is supported each year by the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs and led by an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.

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About the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts. Current sponsoring agencies include: the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The DOE sponsors up to four placements in congressional offices.

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act was signed into law in November 1994 and gives the DOE the responsibility for managing the program (Fellowship Act Public Law 103-382, Improving America's Schools Act of 1994). The DOE Office of Science's Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) manages this program in collaboration with the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). To learn more about the Albert Einstein Fellowship program, visit