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Key Dates

Abstract Submittal Deadline
31 January 2013

Late Registration
Fees Imposed

Beginning 16 April 2013

Program and Schedules Available
Late March 2013

Meeting
19-23 May 2013

Colon-Gaud, C. , Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, USA, jccolongaud@georgiasouthern.edu
Li, J. L., Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA, judith.li@oregonstate.edu
Mendez, P. K., University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, USA, patina.mendez@berkeley.edu
Sluss, T. , Kentucky State University, Frankfort, USA, tamara.sluss@kysu.edu
Ardon-Sayao, M. , East Carolina University, Greenville, USA, ardonsayaom@ecu.edu
Capps, K. , University of Maine, Orono, USA, krista.capps@maine.edu

SFS INSTARS: A MENTORING PROGRAM TO INCREASE DIVERSITY IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF FRESHWATER SCIENTISTS

Instars is a mentoring opportunity for undergraduates from under-represented groups interested in the study of freshwaters. The program provides opportunities for networking among graduates, faculty and professionals hoping to encourage diversity in our discipline. In addition to an orientation workshop, the 2013 program is sponsoring a special session, “The Future of Freshwater Science”. Instars was launched at the 2011 meeting in Providence, RI with 6 Fellows and 3 graduate mentors representing 7 states and 8 institutions. Participation expanded in 2012 with 11 Fellows and 8 mentors, representing 9 states and 15 institutions. A broad diversity of under-represented groups, including African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and First-Generation College students have participated, with three alumni continuing into SFS-related graduate programs. To date, funding has been provided by the Society for Freshwater Science for more than $20K with substantial assistance from partnering institutions. Institutions may help expand Instars by sponsoring undergraduates to cover registration, travel or other costs associated with attending the conference. We strongly encourage institutional sponsorship and are seeking resources to help provide stable funding for this growing program.

http://www.freshwater-science.org/education-and-outreach/instars-program.aspx

Poster presentation

Session #:S14
Date: 5/22/2013

Presentation is given by student: No

Presenting authors are bolded.