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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The Society for Freshwater Science Emerge Program promotes diversity in STEM

“I like that we’re bringing together scholars from all over the freshwater network, knitting together members from research groups who may not have yet worked together,” says Mendez. “We’re building spaces where contributors feel a sense of belonging, trust in the community, and share values in how we can work together.”

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.



  • NEON + Program R - Data Analysis Workshop - YR2
    Wed, Oct 05
    TN Aquarium Conservation Institute
    Oct 05, 1:00 AM EDT – Oct 09, 11:50 PM EDT
    TN Aquarium Conservation Institute, 175 Baylor School Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405, 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.
  • Community Meeting - Speed Mentoring
    Dec 15, 6:45 PM – 8:15 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.
  • Visual Communication Workshop - YR2
    Mon, Mar 06
    Baruch Institute (USC)
    Mar 06, 2023, 12:00 AM EST – Mar 10, 2023, 11:50 PM EST
    Baruch Institute (USC), 2306 Crab Hall Rd, Georgetown, SC 29440, USA
    This is a 3-day, on-site workshop to introduce the 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.