TRELIS 2022 Cohort Announced

In June 2022, the TRELIS project, Training and Retaining Leaders in STEM-Geospatial Sciences, will hold its fourth workshop at the Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. TRELIS is a unique model for professional development for women educators in the geospatial sciences. The program builds leadership capacity and skills to address career development, communication, conflict resolution, and work-life integration. With the name, we instill the concept of a human capital trellis or scaffold of support and embrace the reality of nonlinear career trajectories that move sideways, take leaps, and do not follow a single upward ladder. There is significant demand for TRELIS-related knowledge and support in the geospatial sciences, reflected in part by the large pool of applicants to TRELIS events each year. 

We are pleased to announce the following members of our 2022 cohort. These TRELIS Fellows will participate in a workshop that has been designed to target topics and concerns of early-career individuals and focus on envisioning and crafting leadership pathways. This year, on the final day of the workshop, an All TRELIS event will include members from the 2018, 2019, and 2020-21 cohorts. Afterwards, the TRELIS Fellows will continue their professional development exchanges during the UCGIS Symposium at Syracuse University.

Crystal Bae, University of Chicago

Alicia Cowart, University of Colorado, Denver

Xin Feng, University of Oklahoma

Brandi Gaertner, Pennsylvania State University

Meghan Kelly, Durham University

Shadi Maleki, Clark University

Susan Meerdink, University of Iowa

Valquiria Quirino, North Dakota State University

Seda Şalap-Ayça, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Florencia Sangermano, Clark University

Michelle Stuhlmacher, DePaul University

Marcela Suarez, Pennsylvania State University

Xiaonan Tai, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Courtney Walker, University of Kentucky

Liping Yang, University of New Mexico


TRELIS is managed by a leadership team from the University of Maine, San José State University, the University of Colorado, the University of Southern California, Arizona State University, Tableau Software, and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). It is supported with generous funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant #1660400). For more information, contact Kate Beard, TRELIS PI, at the University of Maine or look for resources at
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