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2014 Instars Program Participants

The 4th installment of the Instars Mentoring Program took place at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (JASM) May 18 – 23, 2014 in Portland, OR with 17 Instars Fellows.

2014 Instar Fellows

  • Kristy Moore (Grand Valley State University)
  • Jose Sanchez (University of Puerto Rico)
  • Isa Valdez (University of Texas at El Paso)*
  • Peter Maas (Leech Lake Tribal College)
  • Alexandra Clussman (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse)
  • Katrina Velasco (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Jeanette Olivarez (University of Texas at El Paso)
  • Aracely Tellez (University of Texas at El Paso)
  • Joseph Baecher (University of Arkansas)*
  • Kristen Numata (Santa Clara University)
  • Levi Simmons (Utah State University)
  • Cecilia Storly-Cardoza (University)
  • Bethany Vazquez (University of Puerto Rico)
  • Shaquille Christmas (Georgia Southern University)
  • Aaron Muirhead (Georgia Southern University)
  • Tyanna Smith (Portland State University)
  • Andrenette Morrison (Rutgers University)

2014 Graduate Mentors

  • Zacchaeus Compson (Northern Arizona University)
  • Keysa Rosas (Georgia Southern University)
  • Arial Shogren (University of Notre Dame)*
  • Andrew Sanders (Darmouth College)*
  • Janet Hsiao (Michigan State University)*
  • Pedro Torres (University of Georgia)
  • Francine Mejia (University of Idaho)
  • Ector Martell (University of Texas at El Paso)
* denotes former Instars participant

2014 Instars Organizing Committee

  • Checo Colón-Gaud (Georgia Southern University)
  • Judy Li (Oregon State University)
  • Patina Mendez (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Tamara Sluss (Kentucky State University)
  • Marcelo Ardón (East Carolina University)
  • Krista Capps (University of Maine)
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