On August 17, 2016,
Jon Lewis departed from Seattle, Washington, on the research vessel Sikuliaq bound for Seward, Alaska, with three co-mentors and a cohort of 10 undergraduate students from across the U.S. who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) research and careers. The mentor team included Kris Ludwig of the U.S. Geological Survey; Karen Thomson, an independent education consultant; and Raquel Bryant, a graduate student in geosciences at the University of Massachusetts.
The transit was the third for the STEM Student Experiences Aboard Ship (
STEMSEAS) Project. This is a one-year proof of concept project funded by the National Science Foundation that aims to provide ship-based, six- to 10-day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard NSF-funded research vessels. Before this transit, two other STEMSEAS cohorts sailed from San Diego to Honolulu and from Morehead City, North Carolina, to Gulfport, Mississippi. For more information, check out the STEMSEAS
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Department of Geoscience