Award Recipient


Instructor Advanced Education Grant, sponsored by WDHOF Member Jeanne Bear Sleeper

Katelyn Mika

Katelyn is a NAUI Instructor and Chair of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Chicago Undersea Explorers Society. Through these roles, she works with other divers to increase access to and diversity within scuba diving by offering free or at-cost scuba training and experiences to historically excluded and underserved communities. She plans to use this grant to expand her safety knowledge and skills by pursuing the DAN Instructor and Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures certifications. During surface intervals, Katelyn is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, using genetics to study fish development and evolution.

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