Instars & Emerge Program
Deadlines: Emerge Year-Round Program:
- 15 March 2021: Undergraduate, graduate, and early career application for funding
Deadlines: Instars at the SFS Annual Meeting:
- 15 March 2021: Undergraduate and graduate application deadline
- 10 April: Application for graduate students as meeting mentors (see Instars Mentoring Program webpage or contact Checo Colon-Gaud)
2 April 2021: Application for undergraduate meeting participants without program funding (contact Checo Colon-Gaud for details)
Instars & Emerge is a mentoring program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Society for Freshwater Science for undergraduate students from under-represented groups interested in freshwater science. The program provides opportunities for networking among graduate students, faculty, and professionals hoping to encourage diversity in the freshwater discipline. Initially launched in 2011, the program focused on undergraduate participation in the SFS Annual Meeting. As of 2020, Emerge expands the program to include undergraduate students, graduate students, and early career participants in year-round activities. We are in the 11th year of the program!
The Instars & Emerge program plans to support annual meeting expenses for at least 30 new participants for the 2021 virtual meeting.
The program has two ways to participate:
1. Emerge Year-Round Program: Undergraduate students, graduate students, and early career freshwater scientists will participate together to build a scientific and support network, develop skills in science and collaborate using data from NSF NEON sites.
Undergraduates, graduate and early career participants must be able to participate in:
- 3-day pre-meeting river float
- SFS Annual Meeting (see details below)
- Online collaborative projects
Graduate and early career participants must also be able to participate in:
- NEON + R Workshop at NSF NEON site
- Visual communications workshop
If you cannot commit to the participation requirements, please apply for the Instars at the Annual Meeting opportunity, below.
Deadlines and eligibility
- 15 March 2021: Undergraduate, graduate and early career application for funding
Eligibility: People from a wide range of groups and identities are underrepresented in Freshwater Science and our Society, based on several factors including dimensions of race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and status as a first-generation student. Eligible applicants include undergraduate students, graduate students, and early career scholars (preferably < 5 years since terminal degree).
2. Instars at the SFS Annual Meeting: We hope to inspire and excite students about our science by offering activities with other undergraduates, graduate student mentors, and professional SFS members that will include:
- A half-day, pre-meeting orientation and professional development workshop
- Networking activities with peers and mentors during the meeting
- Attendance at plenary sessions and a full range of special, technical, and poster sessions chosen by students
- Opportunities for undergraduates to prsent their own reserach in general sessions with friendly review from SFS members
- Post-meeting networking and linking to research and educational opportunities in freshwater science
The program will sponsor graduate mentors by providing a modest stipend for the annual meeting. Student membership in the Society is a priority for funding Graduate Meeting Mentors; the potential for presentation by the graduate mentor during the conference, and the student's number of years as a member of SFS will also be considered but would not preclude funding.
Deadlines and eligibility:
- 10 April 2021: Application for graduate student meeting mentors
- 2 April 2021: Application for undergradate meeting participants without program funding
Eligibility: People from a wide range of groups and identities are underrepresented in Freshwater Science and our Society, based on several factors including dimensions of race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and status as a first-generation student. Eligible applicants are undergraduate students from first year students to within one year post graduation.
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To maximize the number of participants we can serve, programs or institutions are also encouraged to sponsor undergraduates or graduates by providing registration fees, travel, and/or other costs associated with attendance and participation at the conference.
For details on the application process and selection of participants, please contact Checo Colon-Gaud. Faculty sponsors are encouraged to contact us if students have extraordinary circumstances requiring financial assistance.
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