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Thursday, October 23

ESA SEEDSNouncement

SEEDS is a program of the Ecological Society of America

The SEEDS program is gearing up for the Ecological Society of America’s Centennial Celebration – 100 years of ecological science!  Because of this once in a lifetime event, we would like our SEEDS Chapters to be at the forefront of our programming during the centennial meeting.  In this edition of SEEDSNouncements we make a call to ALL of our 90 SEEDS Chapters across the United States and share a few cool activities for your Chapter this academic year!  

SEEDS Chapters:  Chapter Grants

SEEDS Chapter Grants are available to provide support for our community and allow students to develop their ideas and turn them into reality.  Whether it’s used for promotional materials, organizing a Field Trip, workshop or a Chapter research project – the SEEDS Chapter Grants can help you get you there. 
This year we are happy to announce that we have $3000 in grants for SEEDS Chapters! We will be accepting proposals for funding between $300 and $1000. Time and funds are limited so please act now.  To be eligible, you must have submitted your SEEDS Chapter Annual Report and be an active chapter with regular meetings. All grant proposals should be submitted by the chapter President and with the signature of the Chapter faculty adviser. Proposals are due by November 30, 2014.  Priority will be given to chapters who have not received grant support from SEEDS in the past year.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Fred Abbott atseeds@esa.org or call 202-833-8773.

100th ESA Annual Meeting – Send us your IDEAS!

In 2015 the Ecological Society of America will be celebrating its centennial and we are asking our community and our SEEDS Chapters to nominate ideas for the SEEDS program to celebrate this special event.  At the centennial meeting, the SEEDS program will be celebrating 19 years since it was established and with over 600 students directly served by the program and thousands more through our Chapter network we aim to highlight our program and our students many achievements.
The SEEDS staff would like YOU to send us your suggestions for events and activities for the big ESA Centennial Celebration. To send us your suggestions please visit: ESA-SEEDS Centennial Celebration and submit your IDEAS!
Here are a few ideas from interns and staff to spark your imagination:
  • Posters highlighting individual SEEDS student’s accomplishments.
  • A timeline with our entire SEEDS program adventures – Field Trips, Leadership Meetings and ESA Annual Meetings for the past 16 years!
  • A table in the exhibit hall that students and volunteers can buy and make their own seed bombs.

SEEDS Chapters: Raise funds to attend the ESA Centennial Meeting next year!
The SEEDS program has raised funds to bring about 30 students each year to the ESA Annual Meeting.  For the BIG Centennial Celebration in Baltimore, we would like to break the record! We invite Chapters to raise funds to send students to the meeting and include them in the SEEDS programming.  Through sponsorships and fundraising opportunities like food sales, movie nights, local field trips and other fun activities, we hope to see many more of our Chapter members to celebrate the big 100!!  
For more information about costs of participating at the ESA meeting, please visit our ESA Annual Meeting Packages page.  If you have any questions, please email us at seeds@esa.org

Best wishes,

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