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Stories from our Hubs

Mónica Rodríguez Pabón

Puerto Rico Hub

View from a forested hill of a small bayfront town, with the bay just visible under a blue sky

Anna Aguirre

Guam Hub

Landscape view of Guam with green hills in the foreground and the sea and clouds in the background

In the Field WIth the Puerto Rico Hub – Spring 2022

Close up of the surface of dark blue water

Graduate Student Spotlight: Shamoy Bideau


Close up of the surface of dark blue water

Zola Roper & Joseph Townsend


Tiffany Del Valle Gonzalez

Puerto Rico & USVI Hubs

Jezreelyn Bulaklak

Guam Hub

Sign that spells out Guam in a park under palm trees
Alliance Hubs


The Guam hub has strengths in extension and outreach and near-peer, hierarchical mentoring. It expects to reach 10 middle/high schoolers, four undergraduates, 6 bridge students, one graduate student and one Island Fellow each year. It includes Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Leads: Cheryl Sangueza, Else Demeulenaere, and Austin J. Shelton, University of Guam

Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico hub has demonstrated success in training early undergraduate students in the geosciences and the incorporation of nontraditional metrics for student success. It expects to reach 50-75 middle/high schoolers, six undergraduates, two bridge students, up to two graduate students, and two Island Fellows each year.

Lead: Lora Harris, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands hub provides expertise in creating mutually-reinforcing relationships with community partners across elementary, middle school, high school, undergraduate, graduate and workforce program components. It expects to reach up to 45 pre-college students, four undergraduates, four Bridge students, one graduate student, plus two SEAS Islands Workforce Fellows each year.

Lead: Kristin Wilson Grimes, University of the Virgin Islands

SEAS Alliance Engagement Levels

Middle School/High School

Summer & school year enrichment programs for 575 students


Research & career experiences for 70 freshman & sophomore students


25 Graduate student fellows and a Bridge to Graduate School program for 70 students


25 Islands Alliance Fellows

Student Quotes

“The best feeling is being supported during this journey of growth within the scientific community. That is why one of my main goals as a graduate fellow is to serve as a mentor and provide guidance for other students.”

Tiffany Del Valle Gonzalez

SEAS - Puerto Rico

“I think being a part of the SEAS Alliance gives me the opportunity to network with some very diverse and unique professionals that have expertise in a lot of different areas that I am interested in.”

Zola Roper headshot

Zola Roper


“Being a part of the Alliance has helped me grow in my research and laboratory skills immensely, while allowing me to meet and build relationships with my mentors, lab group, and fellow peers both on Guam and across the island hubs.”

Jezreelyn Bulaklak

SEAS - Guam
Our Alliance Members

Last week, #PuertoRico hub students sampled water at Laguna Grande, a bioluminescent bay in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The bay contains tiny microorganisms, known as #dinoflagellates, that respond to movement in the water by emitting a glowing blue light called #bioluminescence

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This project has been funded through a grant by the National Science Foundation.