Actions speak louder than words and the ACUA is committing to making overdue changes to our organization to be more inclusive. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Travel Award provides support in the amount of $1,000 (USD) for a student to present a paper or poster at the annual SHA Conference and to encourage student involvement at the meetings.

Diversity is inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and socioeconomic background. Applicants that self-identify as diverse are encouraged to apply.

For more information about qualifying, applying, and submitting for this award, please download the ACUA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Travel Award guidelines.

The ACUA is very pleased to announce that beginning with the 2023 awards RECON Offshore will be a co-sponsor and contribute annually to support this important student award.

DEI Student Travel Award Winners

2022 Stephanie Sterling, East Carolina University

Stephanie Sterling is a second-year graduate student in the Program for Maritime Studies at East Carolina University. Her thesis investigates geographic and cognitive boundaries of freedom and confinement within the rice plantations of Brunswick County, North Carolina from the perspective of enslaved and descendant Gullah Geechee Africans. Her interests and methods include Black Geographies, coastal communities, resource management, remote sensing, and photogrammetry. Whenever possible, Sterling takes a community-driven approach to projects and believes that public outreach should not be considered a by-product or an obligation to the research conducted, but rather, fundamental to the research design itself.

Stephanie Sterling (left) receives the first DEI Student Travel Award from Jennifer McKinnon (right). Photo courtesy Jennifer McKinnon.