Joint Science Education Project (JSEP)
The application period has ended. Thank you for your interest in the program.
A panel of distinguished STEM educators is currently reviewing all the applications. All applicants will be notified of their selection status on or near March 15.
Kangerlussauq Science Field School, 28 June - 10 July 2013: Students learn about and participate in Arctic science with the assistance of researchers and teachers at field stations around Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.
Science Education Week, 11 - 19 July 2013: A subset of students will continue their exploration by traveling to and experiencing science at the top of the Greenlandic ice sheet.
To get a better idea of the entire program, please go to last year's website and read the journals.
Note: There is no cost to students except for incidentals and any clothing they plan to wear. Extreme cold weather outerwear is provided however clothing to wear underneath is not. Students will need a good sturdy pair of hiking boots and rain gear. Students must be 10th or 11th grade at the time of application submittal and subsequent selection process.
Contact Lynn Foshee Reed at lreed [at] nsf [dot] gov if you have questions regarding the application or the 2013 JSEP Experience.
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:
- Educate and inspire the next generation of polar scientists;
- Build strong networks of students and teachers among the three countries; and
- Provide an opportunity to practice language and communication skills by taking students to the ice sheet in Greenland to observe polar science in action.
Students and teachers from all three countries 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.
Since its inception, JSEP has had 52 student and 16 teacher participants and has involved the participation of numerous scientists and field researchers in Greenland. 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 Science Education Week. During the 2012 program, students (12 Greenlandic, 3 Danish, and 6 American) learned about polar science and practiced field method techniques with visiting polar scientists. In the 2012 Science Education Week portion of JSEP, students (4 Greenlandic, 3 Danish, and 2 American) and teachers (1 Greenlandic, 1 Danish, and 2 American) shadowed scientists, practicing polar field methods and experiencing life at the Summit and NEEM stations on the ice sheet.
JSEP is supported each year by the National Science Foundation's Polar Programs and led by an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.
JSEP 2013 Lynn Foshee Reed
About the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a one-year teacher fellowship open to STEM teachers in K-12 classrooms funded through the Department of Energy and managed by the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education. Fellows live in Washington, DC and work within federal agencies or congressional offices to increase the federal government's understanding of STEM educational issues. In return, fellows gain insight and provide input into the STEM programs, policies, and initiatives the federal government undertakes. For more information about Einstein Fellows and to apply, go to http://www.trianglecoalition.org/einstein-fellows.