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The Instars Program : A Mentoring Opportunity for Undergrad Students from Under-represented groups interested Freshwater Science

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Academic Level:
Undergraduate Students

Instars is a mentoring program sponsored by the Society for Freshwater Science for undergraduate students from under-represented groups interested in freshwater science. Instars also provides opportunities for networking among graduate students, faculty, and professionals hoping to encourage diversity in the freshwater discipline. Launched in 2011, the next installment of the program will take place in Madison, WI where the theme will be “Sustaining Aquatic Ecosystems Under Global Change.”

Workshop & Activities

•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 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 aquatic science

Instars Mentors

The program will sponsor Instars Graduate Mentors by providing a modest stipend for the annual meeting. Student membership in the society is a priority for funding Instars Graduate 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.

Participating Institution(s):
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Georgia Southern University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources

Freshwater Biology

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Page last updated 3/14/2023
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