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SEAS Stories
Stories from our Hubs

Zola Roper & Joseph Townsend

USVI Hub

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

Guam

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

Undergraduate

Research & career experiences for 70 freshman & sophomore students

Graduate

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

Workforce

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

SEAS - USVI

“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

Two things that go great together: @SEAS_Islands & @ThinkingPutty!

Virtual conference care packages are on the way - @CERFScience here comes the SEAS Islands Alliance for #CERF2021!

If you're attending #2021NDiSTEM, JOIN US for #STEM Research Day! This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and network with our graduate students. https://bit.ly/2XyRsrQ

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🤩 Excited to see our “Illuminating Career Pathways” video as part of the new #NSFIncludes playlist on the #STEMforAll Multiplex!

🎞 Check them out:
https://multiplex.videohall.com/playlists/3096

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

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