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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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University of Georgia Participates in STEM Video Showcase

"The Society for Freshwater Science’s Emerge program, based at the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, is featured in the 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation. The event was held online May 10-17 at"

Society for Freshwater Science’s Emerge Program Releases Video Highlighting Participant Experiences

"The Society for Freshwater Science’s Emerge program, which aims to increase diversity and inclusion within the field of aquatic science, has released a short video highlighting participant experiences to demonstrate how the program is already having an impact."

Spring SFS EMERGE Workshops for Students

"The workshop for the 2021-2022 Emerge cohort was held on January 2-6, 2022. Emerge fellows travelled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to stay at Sevilleta Field Station where they spent three full days and four nights. Days were spent mining and analyzing aquatic NEON data with Program R, writing and submitting two abstracts for the 2022 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, and exploring nearby Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge."

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