STEM Student Experiences Abroad Ships. STEMSEAS aims to provide ship-based, 6-10 day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard NSF-funded research vessels. Students will sail with experienced faculty mentors and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities (while also having fun)! Most expenses (travel to/from the ports of call, materials, and living expenses while on the ship) will be paid by the program – there is very little cost to participants. Want to see what a STEMSEAS cruise is like? Watch a video made by one of participants in 2016! The program has rolling deadlines depending on the ship departure date. Apply today.