Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Witness stunning scenery, examine fascinating natural phenomena, and challenge your physical abilities while skiing, hiking, and living in this extreme environment.
The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) provides an expeditionary learning experience for upper level high school, undergraduate and graduate students. During the 8-week expedition, students traverse the 75-mile distance across the Juneau Icefield participating in long-running surveys of glacier dynamics and mass balance, state-of-the-art scientific research, academic lectures, and independent research projects.

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Earn college credits and build valuable field research experience while learning in this incredible outdoor classroom. JIRP features a diverse academic curriculum in Earth System Science taught by leading researchers in the fields of glaciology, geology, climatology, meteorology, environmental sciences, ecology, biology, and other disciplines. Since 1946, over 1,400 students have participated.

Kickstart Your Career
JIRP has a long history of research in glacier dynamics and mass balance, geology, and alpine ecology. JIRP has maintained one of the longest-running glaciological research programs in the world, making it an ideal location to document the impacts of climate change on alpine and glacial environments. Student participants have gone on to become leading researchers in a wide range of fields, including glaciology, geology, biology, space science, and medicine. Participants have also become artists, photographers, adventurers, writers, and teachers.

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The cost of the 8-week program is $5,970, including all transportation, food, lodging, and instruction following arrival in Juneau, Alaska. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Juneau. Some scholarships are available. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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