The main goal of A-STEP is to raise the profile of geosciences and geoscience-related careers, particularly among populations underrepresented within the discipline. The program aims to accomplish this by:
- Transformative seagoing experiences that broaden perspectives on the role of the oceans as a driver of global and environmental change
- Guiding cohorts of students to produce a series of charismatic multimedia products to communicate the impacts of global change within their own diverse communities
- Training and mentoring students to become effective ambassadors, disseminating exciting and relevant geoscience information across broad audiences.
- A-STEP is funded by NSF grants 1801418, 1801634, and 1801752