Undergraduates: Get hands-on science research experience with the NSF INCLUDES SEAS fellowship
The National Science Foundation’s Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science, better known as the NSF INCLUDES initiative, at the University of Guam has begun accepting applications for its year-long Supporting Emerging Aquatic Scientists (SEAS) Island Alliance undergraduate fellowship.
NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in discoveries and innovations by focusing on diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at scale.
“We need a true diversity of people, thoughts, and perspectives in science to solve the most pressing challenges on our island and across the planet,” said Austin Shelton, NSF INCLUDES principal investigator. “We encourage students from all walks of life, especially those underrepresented in science – Pacific Islanders, women, LGBTQIA+, and others – to apply.”
The fellowship, which will run from January to December 2022, will feature various research themes including environmental science, marine biology, botany, ecology, social science, and sustainability.
Selected fellows will receive:
Students benefit on personal growth level as well and may even find the experience is life-changing as far as their career goals, according to NSF INCLUDES co-principal investigator Cheryl R. Sangueza.
“From never having been in a science fair to presenting at a national conference, from being a self-proclaimed couch potato to now being one with the earth, from feeling like one was not good or active in science to being a leader in the field and lab, from never being in a lab to handling million-dollar instruments … our participants often share this fellowship transformed them,” Sangueza said. “This experience can be life-changing.”
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, with decision notifications beginning Nov. 17, 2021.
For more information, call NSF INCLUDES Program Associate Remedios Perez at (671) 787-3239.