JSEP

The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) was established in 2007 during the International Polar Year by the Joint Committee, a high-level forum involving the Greenlandic, Danish and American governments. 

Jessica Trout-Haney explaining sea tomatoes

Dartmouth graduate fellow Jessica Trout-Haney explains what a sea tomato to students from the US, Denmark and Greenland.

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JSEP students from the US, Denmark and Greenland work together on field-based science projects. 

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Students learn to dig a snow pit at Summit Station on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Each summer, students from all three countries spend 3 weeks in Greenland for a two-part JSEP experience. First, they spend two weeks in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland for the Greenland-led Kangerlussuaq Science Field School. During the third week, students travel to Summit Camp, an American research base that sits at 10,000 feet atop the Greenland Ice Sheet, for the Dartmouth-led Science Education Week.

Travel, accommodations, and meals are provided at no cost to participants. Students must provide regular clothing, including a sturdy pair of hiking boots/shoes and rain gear. Extreme cold weather outerwear is supplied by the program during travel to Summit Station. 

Science Education Week

Dartmouth faculty and graduate students with extensive experience in field science in polar regions lead inquiry-based education modules during Science Education Week. Dartmouth educators have a strong working knowledge of science and logistics in Greenland, and they have been deeply engaged in polar research there for many years, including in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, glaciology, and climate science. Their depth of knowledge and innovative teaching experience makes for a fun and informative week.  

The Greenland Ice Sheet is the second largest ice body in the world after Antarctica. Because of its remoteness, travel to Summit Station on the Greenland Ice Sheet is primarily restricted to scholarly researchers. Because all fuel and supplies are flown in by large cargo planes equipped to land on ice, the Summit community works together to conserve resources.

The JSEP Science Education Week is a rare opportunity for non-researchers to learn first-hand about this unique environment that covers 80% of Greenland and is three times the size of Texas.

Kangerlussuaq Science Field School 

Students learn about and participate in polar science alongside researchers and educators at field stations located in the tundra region of Kangerlussuaq, in western Greenland. The Kangerlussuaq Science Support International facility is a hub for research in the area and a resource for showcasing international, collaborative science.

Participants in the Kangerlussuaq Science Field School live in dormitory-style housing and share in cooking and cleaning responsibilities. The Field School is led by Greenland and supported by the government, and assisted by Dartmouth faculty and graduate students with experience in Greenland.

Past JSEP expeditions

Beginning in 2015, the students created a JSEP blog where they could reflect on their experiences, sometimes in three languages (English, Danish, Greenlandic). 

The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) and the program PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) successfully ran JSEP summer programs from 2008-2014. Read about previous JSEP groups and the work they did in Greenland.

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Read a Dartmouth News story about JSEP

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