Our Mission

The Mission of the iDigTRIO Conference to expose and provide first generation, limited income and underrepresented students (Black, Latinx, Indigenous, other students of color, and students with disabilities) to graduate and career opportunities in the biological sciences. Through intentional programming and networking, we seek to create future leaders in science and build a sense of community for their academic, personal, & professional journeys.


Dekendrick Murray (Co-founder, and student engagement and recruitment coordinator; Assistant Director, Office of Academic Support)

Adania Flemming (Co-founder, and career shadowing and mentoring coordinator; Ph.D. student, UF Department of Biology)

Molly Phillips (Co-founder, and conference program coordinator, and website manager; Coordinator of Education, Outreach, Diversity, & Inclusion, iDigBio)

Alnycea Blackwell (graphic design and branding coordinator; iDigBio Project Assistant)


Emma Sells (Program evaluator; Academic Success Coach, UF PROMISE)

Dr. Daniel Cicenia (Student research poster coordinator; Academic Success Coach, TRIO Student Support Services)

Dr. Angeleah Browdy (Advisor; Director, Office of Academic Support)

Dr. Gil Nelson (Advisor; Director, iDigBio)


Dr. David Blackburn (Advisor; Associate Curator, Florida Museum of Natural History)