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Wednesday, December 16

2015 SEEDS Winter Newsletter

The SEEDS program of the Ecological Society of America 
Empowering the next generation of ecologist!
SEEDS Winter Newsletter 2015!
A Message from the SEEDS Staff:

Happy Holiday's SEEDS Family! 

It has been a wonderful year for the SEEDS program and for the Ecological Society of America that celebrated its 100th year!  This is the time of year that we look back and think about all the things that we are thankful for and all the wonderful things that we have accomplished. SEEDS is more than just a program, it's a family, formed by a passion for ecology that transforms into long lasting friendships and connections.
This year we are thankful to have added over 120 new students to our family.  These students come from all over the country, from different cultures, races, income and religious backgrounds, but they all share the passion to succeed in science and see a brighter future ahead.  We know that these students will become successful leaders the future of our science and our society.

We would like to thank all our partners and hosts that made 2015 such a memorable year. Huge thanks to Cindy Wilber, at Stanford University for helping us organize the Bay Area Regional Trip; to our past President, Dr. David Inouye for hosting the Leadership Meeting; to the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program for sponsoring their students to join our family at the ESA Centennial Meeting; to Mark Schilze at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon for hosting the National Field Trip; to  the Archbold Biological Station for hosting the Florida Regional Field Trip.- you all helped our students participate in once in lifetime experiences. A big thanks to all of our Fellowship Partners in 2015; Harvard Forest, Llano River Field Station and the  Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  A huge thanks as well to all of our ESA Members that served as SEEDS Mentors at the ESA Annual Meeting - your time and effort has a big impact on these students lives.

We are also thankful for our funders who have invested in SEEDS - the National Science Foundation. the USDA Forest Service, and our ESA Members and supporters.  Your financial contributions have helped SEEDS continue to be at the forefront of diversity and inclusion into the sciences.

From both us, Teresa Mourad (Director of Education and Diversity Programs) and Fred Abbott (Diversity Program Coordinator), we wish you a very Merry 2016! 

The SEEDS Partnership for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship is now accepting applications!  

The SPUR Fellowship is the highest honor in the SEEDS program, and fellows are encouraged to be the 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. For most opportunities, no prior research experiences is necessary. 

The SPUR Fellowship will run from March 2016 through August 2017.  The award includes:
  • a paid summer research or internship opportunity with a partner site with housing, travel and research expenses covered
  • travel expenses to the 2016 and 2017 SEEDS Leadership Meetings
  • travel expenses to the 2017 ESA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.
  • additional SEEDS $500 award given at the 2017 ESA Annual Meeting after completing all requirements for the award.
We have six Partnership Research Sites across the US: 
Pick your favorite and APPLY before January 15, 2016

2016 SEEDS National Field Trip

We are happy to announce that applications will be opening soon for the SEEDS National Field Trip to the Mark Twain National Forest in the heart of Missouri.  The forest offers amazing opportunities to study the beauty of the unique environments of the Ozarks.

Participants will get to go out in the field with our hosts, the USDS Forest Service, and gain experience with restoration projects, herpetology surveys, group research projects and even go on a night hike to Onyx Cave to learn about bats! 
Other Student Opportunities

On the SEEDS website we have a number of other student opportunities like internships, fellowships and summer research projects.  Please visit our Student Opportunities website for more information.

The SEEDS program has a network of 93 Chapters across the US and we want to help you keep them active and start some new ones! We thought that it would be a great way to start the new year right with a SEEDS Chapter Webinar.  The webinar will be hosted by SEEDS Staff and will serve as an orientation and Q&A about the benefits of having a chapter, the leadership needed, recruitment strategies and all of the other cool opportunities that the SEEDS offers underrepresented students.

Join us for this webinar on January 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST

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