CReSIS REU Program Assists Students Selected for JIRP


By Rachel James McCarthy and Darryl Monteau
Spring 2015

For the second year in a row, the CReSIS REU Program supported students in the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP). The students chosen to participate in the 2015 JIRP were Arianna Varuolo-Clark (junior, Lyndon State University) and James Headen (former REU, graduate student at Elizabeth City State University).

JIRP is an 8-week immersion program in the Juneau Icefield. The program’s mission is to provide students with hands-on training in earth sciences, wilderness survival, and mountaineering skills. Students are prepped and trained before they begin the journey from Juneau, Alaska to Atlin, British Columbia.

The students enjoyed their time participating in the program. Varuolo-Clark shared, "The experience here at JIRP has been really amazing so far! I can learn something from all of the people here, faculty, students, staff, and the like. Being in the mountains is a humbling experience as we learn how small we really are. I look forward to digging into the research as we get to our next camp this week! I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to see what the rest of the program will be like!"

Headen added, “The JIRP is a life changing experience. I am extremely grateful for the funding provided to participate in this amazing experience. I am excited to learn [how to] further the contribution mathematics provides in glacier research.”

(ABOVE) James Headen (left) and Arianna Varuolo-Clark (right) were chosen to participate in the 2015 JIRP. Both students will be completing the 8-week field research program in mid-August. Photos Courtesy of James Headen and Arianna Varuolo-Clark

The students engage in research and present their work at the end of the field experience. Both students are slated to return around August 18th.