Photo showing students learning about glacier physics. Taken on the Juneau Icefield, Summer 2021.
A group of students learning about the physics of glaciers while sitting on a bedrock outcrop on the edge of the Juneau Icefield. Summer 2021. PC – Scott Braddock

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The driving goal of this conference is to develop strategies that engage under-represented students in Polar STEM and provide them with a better understanding of potential Polar STEM career field and non-field pathways.

The conference is being hosted by the University of Maine in collaboration with the Juneau Icefield Research Program(JIRP). To learn more about the success of JIRP and it’s potential for enhancing STEM experiences for high school students, check out this short video. This summer, JIRP will be collaborating with Upward Bound to create a field experience for nearly 50 high school students to Juneau, AK

Schedule Updated

Check out the schedule for information on talks and invited speakers. For additional details, read the abstracts – Polar STEM conference abstracts.

Click the PDFs here for additional information on Keynote speakers Dr. Ben Santer and Dr. Heather Sauyaq Jean Gordon.

The conference will took place July 28-30th, 2022 and will be held both virtually and in-person. For those attending in-person, the conference will be hosted at the University of Alaska – Southeast at the Egan Library in Juneau, Alaska.

Who is this conference for? 

  • Upward Bound or other Department of Education funded professional engaged in science education
  • High school STEM educator
  • Higher institution STEM scientist and educator
  • Outdoor and experiential education professional

Please consider joining us for this conference!  If you are interested in attending the conference virtually or in-person, please fill out the interest form linked below.

Funding Source

This conference is funded by the National Science Foundation. Award Abstract # 2114395