Student Field Trips meet the SEEDS mission by providing exciting opportunities for underrepresented undergraduate students to explore their interest in ecology. Field trips allow students to spend four to seven days at an ecologically significant site, such as a field station, research laboratory, or national park, learning about the science of ecology, exploring career options, and seeing the practical applications of ecology. Students have the opportunity to find out more about what ecologists do through hands-on experiences with professionals, to receive training in specific areas, and to build networks with students and professionals. To learn more, look at past field trips or our field trip photo albums.
- Students from underrepresented groups as well as other students with a demonstrated commitment to the program's mission are eligible to apply for program opportunities.
- Field trip applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate in an institution witin the United States.
- Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a sincere interest in exploring a career in ecology; who show promise in contributing to the ecology program at their home institution or in their community; and, who show promise as a mentor or educator.
- 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.
The SEEDS Program pays for field trip expenses including travel, lodging, and meals for accepted students. Students who are chosen to participate will work with SEEDS staff to make their travel plans.
SEEDS field trips are made possible with the generous support from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and ESA member donations.