in Freshwater Science

Imagine a world where diversity is at the forefront. In the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Emerge program, we provide people of diverse backgrounds a chance to reach their potential through our fellowship and mentorship program. We invite you to learn more about how you can get involved in our program today.

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Freshwater conservation will require a plurality of perspectives and a more diverse freshwater science community

Given the central role that scientific societies play in building and maintaining professional networks, they are uniquely positioned to promote diversity and inclusivity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Scientific societies, such as the Society for Freshwater Science, provide a level of geographic and temporal cohesiveness that is difficult to produce in other contexts. Sustained peer-peer and peer-mentor relationships are one outcome of this cohesiveness that may play a particularly important role in efforts to recruit and retain underrepresented minorities (URM) in STEM, given the recognized benefits of peer mentoring and a strong sense of group identity for URM persistence. Emerge aims to be a transformative training and mentoring program to help URM individuals pursue careers in the freshwater sciences.



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How VCU’s Center for Environmental Studies is emerging as a national leader in hands-on freshwater education

“In a nutshell, the goal of Emerge is to increase — hopefully by a dramatic margin — the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue careers in freshwater science,” said McGarvey, who co-leads the project with Amy Rosemond, Ph.D., at the University of Georgia.

Georgia Southern biology professor awarded grant to support minority students

Georgia Southern University Professor of Biology J. Checo Colón-Gaud, Ph.D., is part of a team of researchers awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support training and experiences for underrepresented minority students and early career scientists in the field of freshwater science.

“Emerge,” new program to create environment of inclusion in freshwater science, receives NSF funding

The new program, titled “Emerge: Broadening Participation and Leadership in Freshwater Science,” is funded with a five-year $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.



  • Emerge & Instars Informational Webinar
    Emerge & Instars Informational Webinar
    Mon, Nov 29
    Zoom: 890 5828 0038; Pass: 046622
    Nov 29, 7:00 PM EST
    Zoom: 890 5828 0038; Pass: 046622
    Join us on Monday, November 29th at 7 PM ET on Zoom for an overview of our programs and an open Q&A session. Zoom ID: 890 5828 0038; Passcode: 046622
  • Community Meeting
    Thu, Dec 09
    Dec 09, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM EST
    Community meetings serve as a forum for team updates, goals and planning for the next research steps, and a guest speaker or professional development panel.
  • NEON + Program R - Data Analysis Workshop
    Sun, Jan 02
    Sevilleta Field Station
    Jan 02, 2022, 12:00 AM EST – Jan 06, 2022, 11:59 PM EST
    Sevilleta Field Station, La Joya, NM 87028, USA
    This is a 3-day, on-site (in-person) workshop to introduce use of Program R while exploring and analyzing National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) data. Costs of food, lodging, and travel within the United States for Emerge fellows are covered by our grant.
  • Visual Communication Workshop
    2022, March (TBD)
    Location is TBD
    2022, March (TBD)
    Location is TBD
    We will be organizing a 3-day, on-site workshop to introduce fellows to use digital media tools to communicate with general audiences about science. Costs of food, lodging, and travel within the United States for current Emerge fellows are covered by our grant.