Undergraduate Travel Awards

2013 ESA Meeting group SEEDSTo support and promote the participation of underrepresented students in the field of ecology, ESA offers Undergraduate Student Travel Awards to participate in the ESA Annual Meeting.

The 2014 meeting will be held in Sacramento, California themed: From Oceans to Mountains: it’s All Ecology!

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Undergraduate students from underrepresented minority groups – as well as other students – with a demonstrated commitment to the program’s mission
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in an institution within the United Sates
  • students who graduated in December or May in the same academic year of the meeting for which they’re applying

Participants are selected based on academic promise, interest in exploring a career in ecology, potential for serving as a mentor and teacher, and demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented students.

Preference will be given to students who:

  • demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in ecology
  • plan to present at the meeting (poster, oral or special presentations) – Submit HERE!
  • exhibit promise in contributing to the ecology program at their home institution or in their community
  • show promise as an educator or mentor
  • submit abstracts to present (have a better chance of being selected for the award)

The meeting experience is enhanced for students by pairing them with a meeting mentor – who is an ESA member graduate student or ecologist – and providing an alumni network to help them gain the most from the meeting experience.

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.

All Awardees are required to:

  • arrive one to two days prior to the official start of the meeting for orientation events
  • work with SEEDS staff at ESA to make their travel plans
  • share a hotel room with another student participant of the same gender.


Applications will remain open until February 24, 2014.