All 5 Guam Hub undergraduate Fellows have been accepted to present at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and CERF conferences this year!
Anela Duenas and Gabrielle Prelosky from the Guam hub were two of the five students awarded the local More Like Jimmy Scholarship. The scholarship, which is privately funded by an anonymous donor, is named after Jimmy Hall, a passionate shark lover who died in 2007. Since 2018, the scholarship has awarded $34,000 to help students of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and other parts of Micronesia to continue their higher education.
Jackeima Flemming (Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Program 2021), from the USVI Hub, was approved by the ECS Committee to receive funding through the ECS Honors Fund, to continue her summer research on sargassum! The ECS Honors Fund provides unrestricted funds to support undergraduate STEM student research and other research training activities like travel awards to conferences and summer research. Jackeima also placed 3rd in the 2021 University of the Virgin Islands’ Hybrid Fall Student Research Symposium. The student winners will receive certificates of recognition at the Spring Academic Awards Ceremony. Congratulations!
USVI Hub SEAS Graduate student Shamoy Bideau and Kristin Grimes were both invited to be speakers for the NOAA in the Caribbean Meeting on September 22, 2021.
The USVI Hub welcomes new Workforce Fellow, Delsabriana Gonzalez, this month. Delsa will be working with The Nature Conservancy on St. Croix in their coral restoration program and will work closely with SEAS graduate student, Shamoy Bideau, on his thesis, as well as future SEAS undergraduate student interns.
Congratulations to Tiffany del Valle and Ana Elena Rios Morales, who will have their Bridge research projects featured at the 2021 Center for Pollinator Research Symposium at Penn State University. Both of their projects examined the behaviors and development of Blue Orchard Bees.
In August Co-PIs for the Puerto Rico Hub, Maria Fernanda Barberena and Pedro M. Maldonado Rivera transitioned to new positions at Interamericana University, Facultad de Ciencias y Tecnología. The PR Hub team has been working to facilitate the transition for workforce fellows and TORTUGA students to the new university setting.
Israel Popo (Youth Ocean Explorer (YOE), St. Croix, 2021) has just started his scuba training at the Cane Bay Dive Shop. Israel is already zipping through the online coursework and is extremely excited to start the course. (Top left photo: Israel (right) with Dive Safety Officer Ken (Left)).
A number of USVI hub students -- including Maura Richardson, Gabrielle Quetel, Elyse Ayala, Gianni Ayala, Ja’Mouri George, Jarelle Berkely, Vivia Lionice Webster, Colum Morgan, and Israel Popo -- participated in the Brewers Bay Coastweeks cleanup on Saturday, September 18. (Top right photo: Gianni Ayala in the back row (left)).
YOE St. Croix student, Maleyah Navarro, is now rescue certified and continues to work with the Cane Bay Dive Shop. She is 15 now and is greatly enjoying the opportunity to have gotten scuba certified as she is interested in pursuing a career in marine science. (Bottom left and right photos).