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2015 Instars Program Participants

The 5th installment of the Instars Mentoring Program took place at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science May 17 - 21, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI with 15 Instars Fellows.

2015 Instar Fellows

  • Shelby Vega (Texas A&M University)
  • Jose Sanchez (University of Puerto Rico)*
  • Averi Segrest (Southwestern University)
  • (Leech Lake Tribal College)
  • Craig McLean (University of Arkansas)
  • Eva Gallardo (East Carolina University)
  • Josephine Chau (University of Notre Dame)
  • Aracely Tellez (University of Texas at El Paso)
  • Matthew Davalos (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology)
  • Ayla Rodriguez (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology)
  • Derrick Jent (Murray State University)
  • Jessica Macer (Hood College)
  • Bethany Vazquez (University of Puerto Rico)*
  • Limarie Reyes (University of Puerto Rico - Ponce)
  • Jacob Stewart (Georgia Southern University)

2015 Graduate Mentors

  • Carissa Ganong (University of Georgia)
  • Rebecca De Jesus (University of Georgia)
  • Keysa Rosas (Georgia Southern University)
  • Arial Shogren (University of Notre Dame)*
  • Emily Tyner (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  • Janet Hsiao (Michigan State University)*
  • Pedro Torres (University of Georgia)
  • Francine Mejia (University of Idaho)
  • Natasha Wingerter (University of Idaho) * denotes former Instars participant
* denotes former Instars participant

2015 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 Ardon (East Carolina University)
  • Krista Capps (University of Georgia)
  • Zacchaeus Compson (Northern Arizona University)
  • Carla Atkinson (University of Alabama)
  • Pedro Torres (University of Georgia)
  • Peter Levi (University of Wisconsin)
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  • Andy Leidolf appointed as SFS Executive Director



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