Announcing the JOIDES Resolution (JR) Academy for Undergraduate Students


A very special opportunity for undergraduate students during Winter 2023!

Read about the 2023 JR Academy here!

What: Sail aboard the amazing U.S. vessel for scientific ocean drilling, the JOIDES Resolution (the JR) on a transit from Greece to Spain. Learn about scientific ocean drilling as a tool to explore our Earth, and the fascinating discoveries that have and are being made about our planet Earth. In addiition, the program will focus on communication tools and projects to share cutting edge science with the broader community. This is a unique opportunity and may not be offered again any time soon. To learn more about the JR, explore here.

When: Arrive Heraklion, Greece February 10 and embark the vessel February 12; disembark February 22 in Tarragona, Spain; an additional 1-3 days after disembarking the vessel may be programmed for land-based activities/field trips.

Ports: Board in Heraklion, Greece, disembark in Tarragona, Spain

Who is Eligible:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and enrolled in or accepted to a U.S. accredited institution of higher learning; Students who are early in their college careers, community college students, students from underrepresented groups in the geosciences, and first generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Must be comfortable in a somewhat unpredictable environment
  • Must be in generally good health and meet all shipboard medical requirements
  • Must be able to work in close quarters at sea

Cost: All travel costs are covered by two National Science Foundation programs, the Ambassadors for STEM Training to Enhance Participation (A-STEP) and the U.S. Science Support Program. Airfare to/from the ports or hotel while in port during the official program days will be covered for you, although there are some minor costs (such as taxis) that you may need to cover initially (and will then get reimbursed later). You will need to pay for your own required medical physical as well as any passport fees (if you don’t already hold a current passport).

Participants may be eligible for payment in exchange for carrying out post-expedition science communication projects.

What will I be doing?

  • Living and working aboard the U.S. vessel for scientific ocean drilling
  • Engaging in lab, lecture and hands-on activities relating to introductory oceanography and Earth science while on board a floating at-sea laboratory
  • Interacting with scientists, crew and technical staff who support IODP missions on the JR
  • Learning valuable and creative science communication techniques; conducting live ship-to-shore broadcasts
  • Participating in shipboard operations as appropriate
  • Creating and starting an on-board science communication project that will completed later in the year
  • Blogging and participating in JR social media channels


Questions: Sharon Cooper:



Can high school students apply?

Students who have graduated from high school, are already 18 years old and plan to enroll at a 2-year or 4-year institution in the coming year may apply.

I am not a U.S. citizen but attend a U.S. university/college. Am I eligible?

Unfortunately, no. You must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national OR permanent resident.

I am a U.S. citizen but attend an accredited institution in another country. Am I eligible?


Are graduate students eligible?

No, this program is specifically for undergraduates.

I get sick easily on buses, trains and planes. Should I apply? Will I get seasick?

The JR is a pretty stable ship. However, a lot of students/scientists do get seasick the first day or two; for most, it goes away after that. If you are prone to motion sickness in general, please consider if this is the right opportunity for you. Many people who sail on the JR bring some motion sickness medication, either over the counter or in consultation with their doctor. There is also a doctor on board 24/7 who can assist you with any issues that arise.

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