Instars & Emerge Diversity and Mentoring Programs
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 expanded 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 supports annual meeting expenses for participants for the 2021 virtual meeting.
The program has three ways to participate:
- Emerge Year Round Program:
- Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students and early career particpants from underrepresented backgrounds*
- Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
- Instars Program at the SFS Annual Meeting
- Eligibility: Undergraduate participants from underrepresented backgrounds*
- Application Deadline:
- Funded by Instars Program, March 15, 2021
- Non-Program Funded: March 15, 2021
- Instars Mentoring Program at SFS Annual Meeting
- Eligibility: Graduate student SFS members
- Application Deadline: April 10, 2021
- Apply: Details below for email application
*Individuals 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.
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 application
- 15 March 2021: Undergraduate, graduate and early career application for funding
- Apply online: Application
Eligibility: Individuals 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).
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 present their own research in general sessions with friendly review from SFS members
- Post-meeting networking and linking to research and educational opportunities in freshwater science
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 and selection of participants, please contact Checo Colon-Gaud. Faculty sponsors are encouraged to contact us if students have extraordinary circumstances requiring financial assistance.
Deadlines and application:
- 2 April 2021: Application for undergradate meeting participants without program funding
- Apply online: Application
Eligibility: Individuals 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.
Instars Mentoring Program
The Instars Program will sponsor Instars Graduate Student Mentors by providing a modest stipend ($500-600) for students helping with programming for the virtual meeting. The approximate commitment timeline will be three weeks (i.e. the week before the meeting, week of the meeting, and the week after the meeting). Student membership in the Society and familiarity with the annual meeting and Instars Program and prioroties for funding Instars Graduate Mentors; 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.
- Be willing and able to attend pre-program planning meetings, the Instars Orientation Workshop at the annual meeting and participate in post-meeting follow ups with participants.
- Work closely with assigned groups of Instars participants and serve as facilitators for program activities
- Meet with individuals or groups of Instars participants daily to coordinate for sessions that will be attended and contribute to group reflections
Eligibility: Participation is open to any graduate student or postdoctoral scholar SFS member. Participants must be graduate students enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a Masters or Doctoral degree. Spring graduates are eligible. Postdoctoral scholars may also apply as Instars Mentors, however, priority will be given to graduate students enrolled in a degree program.
Deadline and application:
10 April 2021: Application for graduate student meeting mentors
Students interested in participating as Graduate Meeting Mentors apply via email as follows:
- Include a mentoring statement indicating interest in broadening participation through peer mentoring and their familiarity with the Society and with the Instars Program. Your statement should be 750 words or fewer. Name your file as: Statement - Lastname FirstInitial
- Include the subject line 'Instars Mentoring Program: Lastname, Firstname
- Send your statement as an attached document (word or pdf) to Checo Colon-Gaud (email@example.com)
If you have any questions regarding your Instars Fellowship application, please contact Checo Colon-Gaud (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you experience any technical difficulties in submitting your application, please contact the web editor (email@example.com).
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