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


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


The conference will take 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!  A limited amount of funding is available for attendee travel support and lodging in Juneau.  If you are interested in attending the conference virtually or in-person, please fill out the interest form linked below.

Support to attend

We have a limited amount of funds to support travel, food, and lodging costs for some participants to the conference. Please fill out the form below to be considered.


Register here. Please register by June 19th, 2022.

Apply here for support to attend the conference. We have limited funds to cover travel/food/lodging for some participants to attend the conference in person in Juneau. Please apply by by June 19th, 2022.

Funding Source

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