National Field Trips

2016 SEEDS National Field Trip – Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana


September 29 – October 2, 2016 in Polson, Montana

The Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) is managed by the University of Montana. It’s an ecological research and education center located on Flathead Lake in the Rocky Mountains near Glacier National Park. For over 100 years, the station has conducted college courses, graduate programs, and research focused on the Crown of the Continent ecosystem. Students and researchers from around the world visit FLBS to learn about ecology and limnology from experts in the field. Scientist conduct year-round novel research to help people live in a healthy, sustainable environment and help policy-makers make informed decisions.

This SEEDS field trip will focus on a variety of themes and ecology fields, including; water quality, lake ecology, stream & river ecology, floodplain ecology, conservation, salmonid ecology, climate science, and remote sensing, among others.  If you are interested in any of these fields, please read all the application information!

To be eligible, students must be undergraduates enrolled in college/university within the United States. For field trips preference is given to Freshmen, Sophomores and other students that have not had prior opportunity to engage in ecology research or field experience. Students from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Field Trip Agenda
National field trips include:

  • Ecology talks
  • Hands-on field experience – data collecting
  • Career panel discussion with professionals and graduate students
  • Student presentations
  • Reflections on motivations and challenges students face in science
  • Time for group daily journal entries which are then compiled into a single report

Selection Criteria
Strong applicants demonstrate:

  • A sincere interest in exploring a career in ecology but have not had prior opportunity to engage in ecology research
  • The potential to contribute to the ecology program at their home institution or in their community and
  • The capacity to support the mission of SEEDS.
  • Academic promise based on GPA

The SEEDS Program is responsible for field trip expenses including travel, lodging, and meals for selected students. Students who are chosen to participate will work with SEEDS staff to arrange their travel itineraries and dietary needs.

Applications Materials

  • Applicants Information
  • In a short 400 word essay (1) describe the nature of research that you intend to pursue; (2) specify how this Field Trip experience would further your educational and career goals; (3) summarize your ecology experience thus far (SEEDS activities, coursework, research or work experience, etc.); (4) explain how you will contribute to the mission of the SEEDS program during and after the Field Trip.
  • Upload a Resume in PDF format
  • One (1) letter of recommendation sent directly to – with students name in the title.

We are no longer accepting applications for this National Field Trip.  For information on the next SEEDS Field Trip like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or join our listserv on the home page.