Start a Chapter

SEEDS welcomes new schools to join the Chapter network and work toward increasing student awareness and interest in ecology. Ecology and ecology-related (Biology, Environmental Science, Earth Science…) clubs that are already in existence as well as newly formed student groups interested in ecology and the SEEDS mission may apply to become a SEEDS Campus Ecology Chapter.

Chapter Benefits

  • Certificate of membership recognizing the chapter’s participation in the SEEDS Campus Ecology Chapter program
  • ESA membership for the student representative
  • Chapter Grant opportunity to help each Chapter establish itself and/or sustain its presence on campus and beyond.
  • SEEDS newsletter and webpage for your chapter on the SEEDS website
  • Potential for a visit from a SEEDS staff member to conduct a presentation or workshop on the program or careers in ecology
  • Access to the Chapter and ESA member network

Chapter Requirements

  • Each chapter must support the mission of SEEDS – to promote ecology opportunities for underrepresented students.
  • Each chapter must have at least one faculty advisor or sponsor. The advisor(s) may be a member of the faculty or staff who is selected according to the criteria established by the chapter. Although there are no requirements for an advisor, the advisor should demonstrate a dedication and commitment to the chapter’s students and mission.
  • Each chapter must have a student representative to serve as a liaison to the SEEDS program. It is the chapter’s responsibility to designate a representative and provide accurate contact information for this person to the program. It is the representative’s responsibility to maintain communication with the SEEDS program; be available and responsive by email (maintain a reliable email address); disseminate and collect information within the chapter; and, along with the advisor, ensure compliance with the program such as submitting reports on time.
  • Each chapter must submit an annual report by May 1. Failure to submit a report by the May 1 deadline may deem the chapter ineligible for chapter benefits. Reports will also be required upon the completion of special project grants.

Chapter Application

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Please also send any relevant Chapter photos or other documents (<2MB) to our email: seeds@esa.org. Application hard copies are not necessary and are discouraged. Any relevant Chapter application materials that cannot be sent electronically may be mailed to: SEEDS Campus Ecology Chapters; Ecological Society of America; 1990 M Street NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20036.