Join faculty, researchers, and education professionals in a 3-day Polar STEM conference. 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 the field and non-field career pathways in Polar STEM.

The University of Maine in partnership with the Juneau Icefield Research Program is hosting a conference in Juneau, Alaska for educators interested in participating with one or both organizations to learn from each other, develop long-term strategies to leverage resources from each organization, and design field and in-class Polar geoscience programming for under-represented students.

The conference will involve tours of Juneau’s natural beauty, plenary talks regarding polar research, and break-out discussions and think-tanks about polar education. Currently, we have a working group of early-career scientists and educators of under-represented student populations who hail from Maine, Alaska, Florida, and Washington State. The conference is open to STEM educators and scientists with an interest in developing and integrating Earth systems science, field education, and classroom curriculum.

Space via zoom or in-person will be limited. Additionally, 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 check out the website and please register by June 19th, 2022.

For questions, please reach out to Scott Braddock (scott.braddock[at], Deb Shulman (deborah.shulman[at] or Seth Campbell (scampb64[at]

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. Photo by Scott Braddock