Jennifer Bernstein named 2020 TRELIS Fellow

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The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) has announced on behalf of the TRELIS (Training and Retaining Leaders in STEM-Geospatial Sciences) Project that Jennifer M. Bernstein, Ph.D., Lecturer with the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, has been named to the 2020 cohort of TRELIS Fellows.

Supported by funding from a National Science Foundation grant, 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. The project name instills the concept of a human capital trellis or scaffold of support, and embraces the reality of nonlinear career trajectories that move sideways, take leaps, and do not follow a single upward ladder.

As a 2020 TRELIS Fellow, Bernstein will join 14 other fellows in a three-day workshop in May 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii that has been designed to target topics and concerns of early-career individuals and focus on envisioning and crafting leadership pathways. Immediately following the workshop, the TRELIS Fellows will continue their professional development exchanges during the 2020 UCGIS Symposium.

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 UCGIS.

“I am beyond honored to be named a TRELIS Fellow,” said Bernstein. The opportunity to be in Honolulu represents a homecoming for Bernstein, who obtained her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Hawai’i Manoa.

“On behalf of the Spatial Sciences Institute, we warmly congratulate Jennifer on being selected for this highly competitive fellowship. We continue to be proud of her contributions to SSI as a faculty member and to the realm of geospatial sciences scholarship, and look forward to learning from her TRELIS participation how to best support the career trajectories of all of our junior faculty members,” said Susan Kamei, managing director of the Spatial Sciences Institute.

The other scholars named as 2020 TRELIS Fellows are:

Heng Cai, Texas A&M University
Patricia Carbajales-Dale, Clemson University
Laura Clemente-Harding, Engineer Research and Development Center: Geospatial Research Lab
Angela Cunningham, University of Luxembourg
Carolyn Fish, University of Oregon
Anna Klimaszewski-Patterson, California State University, Sacramento
Candice Landry, Pennsylvania State University at Altoona
Jieun Lee, University of Northern Colorado
Yanan Li, Texas State University
Yue Qin, The Ohio State University
Kim Rollins, University of Notre Dame
Cecilia Smith, University of Chicago
Jelena Vukomanovic, North Carolina State University
Ashley York, Rowan University.

For more information about the TRELIS Program, please contact Kate Beard, TRELIS PI, at the University of Maine, or look for resources at

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