Joint Science Education Project

The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) is an international collaboration between Greenland, the United States, and Denmark to educate and train the next generation of polar and STEM professionals. Since its initiation during the International Polar Year in 2007, high school students and teachers from the three countries work together during a 3-week field course in Greenland to study polar environments and the human dimensions of rapid Arctic change. Students practice scientific and engineering methods in a cross cultural outdoor classroom with mentoring from international teachers and scientists. Funding for JSEP is provided by Naalakkersuisut (the Government of Greenland) and the U.S. National Science Foundation through a grant to Dartmouth College.

First, the students spend two weeks in Kangerlussuaq for the Greenland-led Kangerlussuaq Science Field School. During the third week, students travel to Summit Station, an U.S. research base that sits at 10,000 feet atop the Greenland Ice Sheet for the U.S.-led Science Education Week.

Teachers and students can take inspiration from JSEP Lesson Plans ( or explore their education material about plants, animals, geology and geomorphology.

They can also access their collection of research articles about Kangerlussuaq and the Arctic.

JSEP is funded by the National Science Foundation.

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