2003-2004 USAP Field Season

Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA)


  NSF Contact: Guy G. Guthridge
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230
List of 2003-2004 teachers and the science projects they are joining
For information about each teacher, visit http://tea.rice.edu
  Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic is sponsored by NSF Office of Polar Programs and the Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources. It is facilitated by Rice University, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, and the American Museum of Natural History.  
  Candidates are nominated by principal investigators or by themselves. Selections are made in a competitive process. Awardees travel to Antarctica and become working members of research teams. Principal investigators volunteer to accept TEAs on their teams.  
  TEA is part of the NSF's strategy to integrate research and education in an effort to infuse education with the joy of discovery and an awareness of its connections to exploration. The program's goals are to immerse teachers in research as part of their professional development, to bring polar research into the classroom in engaging ways, to underscore the societal relevance of science and the scientific process, and to maintain a lively community among researchers, teachers, students, and school districts.  

NSF funds the extra of supporting teachers including:

  • A substitute while the teacher is away
  • Travel to the investigator's institution before the trip
  • Travel by the teacher to Antarctica
  • Travel by the investigator to the teacher's school district for joint presentations
  This is an exciting program that offers benefits to the research team, the teacher, the classroom, and K-12 students both present and future. Teachers and school districts can find more information at http:tea.rice.edu.  


Event Number
Principal Investigator
Michael Lampert

West Salem High School
Salem, OR

A-131-M Terry Deshler Measurements addressing quantitative ozone loss ,polar stratospheric Cloud Nucleation, and large polar stratospheric particles duinrg austral winter and spring
Andres Sajor

Peru Central School
Peru, NY

G-298-M William Hammer Vertebrate Paleontology of the Triassic to Jurassic Sequence in the Beardmore Glacier Area of Antarctica
Coleen Brogenski

St. John's School
Houston, TX

G-081-M Philip Kyle Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory and Laboratory (MEVOL)
Robin Ellwood Rye Junior High School
Rye, NH
B-426-M Peter Doran McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER: The role of natural legacy on ecosystem structure and function in a polar desert
Amy Stoyles Harlee Middle School
Bradenton, FL
B-019-M Laurie Connell Yeasts in the Antarctic Dry Valleys: Biological Role, Distribution, and Evolution
Susy Ellison Yampah Mountain High School
Glenwood Springs, CO
B-009-M Bob Garrott Patterns and Processes: Dynamics of the Erebus Bay Weddell Seal Population