New STEM field research and education programs for HS students

Seth Campbell, an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, will trial new STEM field research and education programs for high school students at the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) facilities in summer 2021. Up to 60 high school students from first-generation college and low-income families are expected to participate in the inaugural programs. The students will be selected through Alaska Upward Bound and Maine Upward Bound—of which all five directors intend to send students from across the state. The students’ participation will be funded, in part, by the Upward Bound programs with Department of Education funding. Campbell, who is also director of academics and research at the JIRP, is currently applying for grants to support the remaining costs of the program planned for summer 2021 and to expand the initiative’s scope in future years. Once fully developed, the Upward Bound partnerships at JIRP could provide inspiring field STEM experience to as many as 360 first-generation college or low-income high school students each year.