The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) is an expedition-style summer Earth science field program for undergraduates, early-stage graduate students, and non-traditional students interested in an undergraduate curriculum. During our two-month field season we ski from Juneau, Alaska, across the Juneau Icefield, to Atlin, British Columbia. Along the way we teach introductory ski mountaineering and glacier safety and introductory/intermediate academic glaciology, glacial geology, periglacial ecology, and science communication. Student alumni leave JIRP with an intuitive understanding for glacier science after a summer immersed in the alpine environment. They also have improved field work safety skills and access to a powerful alumni network. With these three tools - academic understanding, backcountry competence, and network connections - our alumni are well-positioned for graduate education and careers in research, education, policy, science communication, and outdoor leadership.

Archived Student Informational Webinar Video

Student webinar slides (no audio)

Academic Director Seth Campbell and Program Manager Annie Boucher hosted an informational webinar for prospective students. The webinar video and the slides are archived above, and we invite any interested students to check them out at their leisure. Please feel free to email Annie at with any questions.