In this handout photo provided by Markus Rex, head of the MOSAiC expedition, a view of the North Pole from RV Polarstern, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Credit: Markus Rex | Alfred Wegener Institute via AP

ORONO, Maine — The National Science Foundation is providing University of Maine with almost $3 million for graduate research about the Arctic.

The money will support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs, said Maine’s two U.S. senators, independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins. The senators said the money will help the university “better train graduate students in the interdisciplinary field of Arctic systems science.”

The senators said the project expects to train 57 graduate students and that the work will include research of environmental changes in the Arctic as well as in Maine.