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Instars & Emerge Program

Instars & Emerge Program

Deadlines: Emerge Year-Round Program:

  • 5 February 2021: Undergraduate and graduate application for funding
  • 19 February 2021: Early career application for funding

Deadlines: Instars at the SFS Annual Meeting:

  • 5 March 2021: Application for graduate student meeting mentors
  • 2 April 2021: Application for undergradate meeting participants without program funding

    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

    • 5 February 2021: Undergraduate and graduate application for funding
    • 19 February 2021: Early career application for funding

    Eligible applicants include undergraduate or graduate students at U.S. institutions from underrepresented backgrounds and early career applications must have met the same criteria during their recent graduate program. International students (e.g. paying international fees) are not eligible for the program.

    Underrepresented backgrounds include Black/African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives, and Persons with Disabilities. 

    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:

    • 5 March 2021: Application for graduate student meeting mentors
    • 2 April 2021: Application for undergradate meeting participants without program funding

    Eligible undergraduate aplicants include students at U.S. institutions from underrepresented backgrounds including undergraduates graduating within 1-year before the current annual meeting. International students (e.g. paying international fees) are not eligible for the program. Eligible graduate student mentors can be any SFS Graduate Student Mentor (domestic and international) with a commitment to diversity and inclusion in SFS.

    Underrepresented backgrounds include Black/African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives, and Persons with Disabilities. 

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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. 

     

    Previous Participants

    (coming soon)

    2011 Program Participants
    2012 Program Participants
    2013 Program Participants
    2014 Program Participants
    2015 Program Participants
    2016 Program Participants
    2017 Program Participants
    2018 Program Participants
    2019 Program Participants
    2020 Program Participants