SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The SEEDS Fellowship is an opportunity for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the field of ecology to conduct an independent ecological investigation with an ESA member mentor.� The application deadline for the 2008-2009 Fellowship is September 21, so apply today!� http://esa.org/seeds/fellowship/. The SEEDS Fellowship allows undergraduate students to complete an independent research project. This project includes...

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Student Educational Outreach Initiative

I sit here finally home after a very long summer of incredible experiences. One of the most amazing experiences was coordinating and participating in the first ever Educational Outreach field trip at the ESA Annual Meeting. The field trip was composed not only of ESA members but also high school students and teachers from the San Jose local community. This amazing student initiative was put forth by an incredible group of SEEDS...

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A SEEDS alum looks back from San Jose and forward to Milwaukee

My experience at this year’s ESA Annual meeting was unforgettable. Returning as a graduate school student and SEEDS Alumni Mentor, I not only had the chance to connect with old and new participants of the SEEDS program, but I also had the opportunity to grow professionally and gain insight on atypical ecological careers paths – several of which I am actually considering. Of all these great experiences, though, the most...

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SEEDS field trip to Santa Barbara

ESA’s SEEDS program is pleased to announce a fall field trip to the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, October 25-28, 2007. Undergraduate students with a sincere interest in promoting the SEEDS mission – to diversify and advance the field of ecology – are eligible to apply. Applications can be found on http://esa.org/seeds/fieldtrips/upcoming.php. Don’t miss this opportunity to...

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Agroforestry for a sustainable life: something to be learned from Chiapas, Mexico

Think ecology and economy don’t mix? Think again. Most of us are used to relate money with industrial technology, bulldozing properties to construct condos, hotels, expensive living complexes, malls, to summarize: everything that has to do with harming the environment. I can’t deny it’s true, it moves our economy, but at what cost? What about the people living in less developed countries? We can’t see it now,...

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SEEDS Field Trip: Hope from Chiapas

A week ago, I had the honor of participating in the SEEDS field trip to Chiapas. I had been to two past field trips, and just couldn’t pass this one up, especially because it was in southern Mexico. I’m a Mexican student finishing my B.S. at El Paso, TX. I have always been proud of being Mexican and have always dreamed of going back to Mexico and helping with the conservation of our natural resources. Mexico is an...

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Sustainable Agriculture, Culture, and an Awesome Experience in Chiapas, Mexico

My name is Jallah Rouse, I am a Biology major at Johnson C. Smith University, and I recently had the extreme pleasure of attending a SEEDS field trip to the Mexican state of Chiapas. Not only did I learn a lot from the experience, but I was also motivated by the organization and determination of the local people. A group of indigenous people from a city in Northern Chiapas were able to band together and create their own sustainable...

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SEEDS from Chiapas, Mexico: A Lesson of Sustainability for Ecologists

Sustainability� sometimes it sounds like an ideal. However, on our SEEDS field trip to Chiapas, Mexico, students from the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico were able to witness small cooperatives of indigenous agricultural workers working together with scientists to make sustainability a reality.� In Chiapas, we saw indigenous organizations developing, learning, and teaching sustainable agriculture techniques to researchers...

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