Apply Now to Become a 2013 JASON Argonaut - Applications due Feb. 15

Apply to join the Argonaut Team to explore oceanography! We're seeking an adventurous group of students and educators to venture into the field with JASON.
Author: The JASON Project
Date Posted: January 3, 2013

Join the JASON National Argonaut Team!
Applications are due Friday, February 15, 2013!

The JASON Project is seeking a diverse, creative, and adventurous group of students and educators to venture into the field with JASON host researchers on cutting edge science explorations. If you think you are up to the challenge, read on!

As a JASON National Argonaut, you will embark on a life-changing journey, where you will:

  • Work side by side with scientists in the field, completing a JASON field experience around the topic of oceanography
  • Serve as a mentor and role model for the JASON Community.
  • Regularly interact with the JASON community through speaking engagements, online posts and more!

Student and Educator Argonauts will spend up to 10 days in the field during the summer or fall of 2013. Additional participation in JASON activities such as speaking at events and contributing online content will continue after the field experience.

JASON will pay for all travel, lodging, food (meals and snacks), and programming/equipment costs related to JASON Argonaut activities.


JASON showed me a new way to learn that doesn't require a book, a way where you actually go into the field like a real scientist. Student Argo Maria Marquez

This experience energizes me to bring the best to my students everyday!
Educator Argo Jennifer Peglow

Who Should Apply

Student Argonauts must be 14 or 15 years old by June 1, 2013 and have participated in JASON and/or its Immersion Learning program. Student applicants also must have a committed sponsor, to assist them through the Argonaut experience.

Educator Argonauts should have at least five years of experience working with students, including plans to continue as an educator in the 2013-2014 school year and have used JASON and/or its Immersion Learning program in an educational setting.

Ideal Argonaut candidates will:

  • Demonstrate a strong interest and ability in science.
  • Possess excellent leadership and/or teamwork skills.
  • Be self-motivated, creative and adventurous, taking personal initiative to meet challenges and overcome obstacles.
  • Possess excellent communication skills and be comfortable in front of a camera.
  • Participate in field activities which may be outdoors and/or strenuous in nature; activities, locations or conditions may include, but are not limited to:
    • snorkeling
    • swimming
    • extensive time on boats
    • small/confined spaces
    • heights
    • adverse weather conditions (temperature extremes, precipitation, wind, etc.)
  • Be comfortable with the idea of being on a boat and/or have prior experience on boats
  • Possess or obtain a passport and be willing and able to travel to an international location

How to Apply

To apply to be a JASON National Argonaut, please complete and email the Argonaut Information Form by Friday, February 15, 2013, and mail the Application Materials to JASON postmarked by Friday, February 15, 2013.

Use the instructions below to complete a successful application.

The selection process will follow approximately the following timeline:

February 15 - Deadline for submitting completed National Argonaut Applications
Mid-March - National Student and Educator Argonauts selected; all applicants notified

Application Process:

  1. Download: The Student or Educator
    • Application Guidelines and Instructions,
    • Information Form and
    • Application Materials
  2. Complete: All forms as described in the Application Guidelines and Instructions Document.
  3. Submit: Sponsors and educators should submit the application materials as follows:
    • The Student and Educator Information Form should be e-mailed to by Friday, February 15, 2013.
    • All other materials should be compiled into one envelope and sent, postmarked by Friday, February 15, 2013, to:
      Karen Larkin
      The JASON Project
      55 Coogan Boulevard
      Mystic, CT 06355

Please refer to the Application Information and Guidelines document for more detailed instructions. Note that failure to follow the instructions may result in your being disqualified from consideration. Contact if you have any questions regarding the application process.

Student and Educator Application Packets

Student Application Packet

Student Application Instructions

Student Information Form

  • Student, Parent, Sponsor, and School Information

Student Application Materials

  • Application Checklist
  • JASON/Immersion Experience and Interest Surveys
  • Extracurricular Activities Survey
  • Essays 1 and 2
  • Video Directions
  • Sponsor Roles and Responsibilities
  • Two educator recommendations
  • Copy of school transcripts and attendance
  • Parent/Guardian Letter
  • Color photo of applicant
  • Doctor's Statement
  • Student and Parent/ Guardian Statement of Understanding


Educator Application Packet

Educator Application Instructions

Educator Information Form

  • Educator Information

Educator Application Materials

  • Application Checklist
  • JASON/Immersion Experience Surveys
  • Essays 1 and 2
  • Video Directions
  • Two recommendations
  • A recent color photo of applicant
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Future Commitments
  • Administrator Statement of Support
  • Doctor's Statement
  • Statement of Understanding

"Being a JASON Argonaut is hands-down the highlight of my life to date. The entire experience from being chosen, to boot camp, to the actual field study was life changing for me. I now view science in an incredibly different way. It is real and exciting! I not only learned a great deal about the science of geology, but I learned to be more open-minded and the importance of asking questions and searching for answers. I met inspiring people who share an amazing passion for science. I am honored to be a part of something that challenges kids to bring out their full potential and opens their minds to the wonders of this magnificent planet!"
-Emily Judah
Student Argonaut