High School Polar Science Programs

Offered by Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College

We want to notify you of two exciting polar science programs currently available to high school students: the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) to Greenland and the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) to Antarctica. JSEP and JASE are supported by the National Science Foundation grant to Dartmouth College. Travel, lodging and meals are provided at no cost to selected students. Applications for both programs are due January 31, 2019. 

JSEP and JASE are targeted at students who have a passion for learning, strong interest in science and openness to other cultures.
 Both programs have proven to be life-changing experiences for selected students in previous years. We hope you will assist us in identifying good candidates from your school and encourage them to apply. The two programs offer field-based learning, polar research opportunities and unique cultural experiences!

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JASE is a 1-2 week program that takes place in King George Island, Antarctica, scheduled for winter 2019-2020. Students from the United States join a Chilean high school expedition to Escudero Base on King George Island. The program includes visits to international research stations and field sites in Antarctica and to the Chilean Antarctic Institute in the Patagonia region of Chile. For JASE, you must be in the 10th or 11th grade at time of application AND fluent in Spanish.

Thetford Academy junior Frank Loveland just completed the 2018-19 JASE program in Antarctica.

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JSEP is a three-week field experience in Greenland scheduled for summer 2019. Selected students from the U.S., Denmark and Greenland live and work together while exploring current Arctic research and completing their own inquiry-based projects. The program includes two weeks of extensive field experiences near Kangerlussuaq and a final week at Summit Station, the U.S. research facility located at the top of the Greenland ice sheet. For JSEP, you must be in the 11th grade at the time of application.

Read the 2018 JSEP Program Story.


Competitive applicants must possess a strong interest in the natural sciences, passion for learning, sense of adventure and openness to other cultures.