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Friday, March 27

SEEDSNouncement: March 2015

SEEDS is a program of the Ecological Society of America
Greetings SEEDS Friends,
Spring has started or is just around the corner for most of you! This month we have some great news and event updates for you. The SEEDS program just hosted a Regional Field Trip for our California Bay Area Chapters and we are still recruiting students for our SEEDS Partnership for Undergraduates Research (SPUR) Fellowship.  There are some cool things coming for our students this year – The SEEDS Leadership Meeting, the 100th ESA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, and Field Trips to Florida and Oregon! 
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SEEDS Regional Field Trip – Bay Area, CA

The SEEDS program just hosted its fourth Regional Field Trip! 16 students from all four SEEDS Chapters (Stanford University, San Jose State University, University of California Berkeley, and University of California Davis) in the San Francisco Bay Area joined us for an unforgettable weekend in the hills of Los Altos, CA.   With the help of the Stanford SEEDS Chapter, our participants had the opportunity to visit and interact with scientist, educators and graduate students at Hopkins Marine Station, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the California Academy of Sciences, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and other cool spots along the way!

A big thank you to Cindy Wilber (SEEDS Faculty Advisor), Mattias Lanas (SEEDS Alum), and Daniel Santillano (ESA member) for all your help and hard work during this event.

Great News! Munson Foundation awards SEEDS $11,000 for Regional Field Trips

SEEDS just received a grant from the Edith & Curtis Munson Foundation to organize Regional Field Trips in Florida in two years! As with previous regional fieldtrips, we anticipate drawing in mostly freshmen and sophomore students from our Florida-based SEEDS chapters.
If you are interested in hosting a SEEDS Regional Field Trip in your area – please contact us at seeds@esa.org for more information.

SEEDS Partnerships for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship
Applications are being accepted until opportunities are filled through April 3, 2015
The SPUR Fellowship is the highest honor in the SEEDS program, and our fellows are encouraged to be outstanding leaders in the future of ESA. The award supports the undergraduate student in designing and conducting an ecology research project of interest.  SEEDS has established partnerships with field stations and mentors to offer exciting summer opportunities that will be tailored to meet your interests, career objectives and growth as a scientist.  No prior research experience is needed!

Sponsor a Student to the ESA Annual Meeting
In addition to the limited SEEDS Undergraduate Student Travel Awards to the ESA Annual Meeting, we would like to invite faculty, institutions and SEEDS chapters to sponsor underrepresented students to the 100th ESA Annual Meetingin Baltimore, MD in August.  We strongly encourage you to seek support from your university/college to provide travel funds for an outstanding student.   This is a great opportunity for students to interact with the world’s largest network of professional ecologists and diversity mentoring program in the field.  We will welcome your students to all SEEDS events, orientations as well as selecting an ESA member to mentor them throughout the week.  
We offer two package options to suit your budget needs:
  • Full package:  includes all travel arrangements including airfare, housing, ground transportation to/from airport to hotel, a meal stipend and four covered meals, all ticketed SEEDS events, ESA meeting registration and one year ESA student membership: $1500
  • Mini-package:  includes meal stipend, four covered meals, all ticketed SEEDS events, ESA meeting registration and one year ESA student membership:  $500
To discuss these and other options, please contact us at seeds@esa.org

Best wishes,
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