ESA Annual Meeting

The SEEDS Program offers travel awards for Undergraduate Students and SEEDS Alumni in graduate school. Travel awards defray expenses to attend the ESA Meeting including air travel, meals, lodging, and registration. Travel awards are funded through support of the National Science Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and ESA member donations. 

Exhibitors, please check: SEEDS Diversity Celebration – Career Fair

ESA is the nation’s leading professional society of ecologists, representing 10,000 scientists, researchers, policy-makers and managers from the United States and over 50 other nations. The ESA Annual Meeting draws more than 3,500 professionals from around the world to participate in scientific presentations, symposia, workshops, field trips, and a trade show. It provides an excellent venue to engage students and faculty in one of the most important facets of science – communicating ideas and new knowledge with the scientific community. SEEDS specific events at the Annual Meeting include an orientation meeting and dinner, a mixer, and a breakfast for participants and mentors. Other highlighted events include a diversity luncheon and student events such as section meetings and mixers.

Annual Meeting Packages

In addition to the limited SEEDS Undergraduate Student Travel Awards to the ESA Meeting, we would like to invite institutions to think about sponsoring students to the ESA Annual Meeting from August 10-15, 2014 at Sacramento, CA.  We strongly encourage you to seek support from your university/college to provide travel funds for an outstanding student. It will be a great opportunity to interact with the world’s largest network of professional ecologists and diversity mentoring program in the field.  SEEDS will welcome your students to all SEEDS events along with those who have been awarded the travel scholarships and will arrange for ESA meeting mentors for them as well.

Two packages are offered:

  • Full package includes all travel arrangements including airfare, housing, ground transportation from Sacramento airport to hotel, a meal stipend and four covered meals, all ticketed SEEDS events, meeting registration and student membership: $1500.
  • Mini-package includes meal stipend, four covered meals, all ticketed SEEDS events, registration and student membership:  $500
  • To discuss other options, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

New in 2014 – Ecology Education Career Track Awards!

At the 2013 SEEDS Leadership Meeting, SEEDS students strongly recommended that SEEDS provide program support for students interested in KI12 ecology education as a career option. We agree! To this end, SEEDS will offer five Ecology Education Career Track Awards to the 99th ESA annual meeting for the first time. SEEDS has partnered with Project Learning Tree (PLT) to provide certification in their preK-8 curriculum guide. You will be provided with the curriculum guide and professional development during the Annual Meeting. You will then be a certified PLT educator.


  • Students should have demonstrated interest and involvement in preK-8 education, for instance, outreach to local schools or after school programs or nature centers etc.
  • Award recipients must attend the full day PLT workshop at the ESA Annual Meeting which will be held on Sunday, August 10.
  • Award recipients are expected to contribute to the strengthening of the Ecology Education Careers dimension of the SEEDS program by offering suggestions and ideas
  • In the application process – check the Ecology Education Career Track Award box.

The 99th ESA Annual Meeting SAC-logo-300-x-125“From Oceans to Mountains: it’s All Ecology”, will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, CA from August 10-15, 2014.