Grace Cordsen ’19 stands next to a pole in a circle of flags standing in the snow.
Courtesy of Grace Cordsen ’19

During her junior year at Princeton, Grace Cordsen ’19 was awarded an Adventure Canada Explorers Club research grant that she used for a project focused on the cultural and culinary traditions of small communities along the North Atlantic coasts. This experience sparked her interest in the polar regions. Cordsen, who majored in art history and is pictured here at the South Pole, now works on tour expeditions as a program manager in the polar regions, as an educational director, and as a freelance journalist conducting research for independent projects. What attracted Cordsen to the Arctic and Antarctic? “It’s the combination of culture, wilderness, and history,” she says.