"Grand Canyon Chapter" » Flagstaff, Arizona
The Grand Canyon Chapter of Northern Arizona University, led by student representative Colleen Cooley officially became a part of SEEDS in March 2008. Stefan Sommers and Angie Moline are the faculty advisors for the chapter. The purpose of this chapter is to foster a community amongst a wide range of disciplines through the promotion of ecology and providing access to ecological opportunities along with the facilitation of collaborating with other SEEDS Chapters at neighboring universities and colleges.
Plans for 2009-2010
- Special Projects Grant: We will be holding several campus events at the beginning of the fall semester to share our experiences at the Sevilleta LTER and at the annual meeting.
- Encyclopedia of Life: We hope to work with other southwestern chapters to contribute to the Encyclopedia of Life. This will be a good opportunity for us to do more community outreach events. We may apply for a special projects grant to fund a mini-conference with all participating chapters.
- Volunteering: We have begun volunteering in the NAU Botany Club garden and hope to work several restoration projects with the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council.
- Recruitment: We will aggressively recruit at the Special Projects Grant events and club fairs. We are focusing on club fairs of NAU’s summer programs that cater to minority students.
- Speakers: We are asking diverse NAU scientists at various points in their careers to speak at our meetings about their research and the obstacles they’ve overcome.
- Funding: We will be applying for a maintenance grant to pay for flier printing and other meeting supplies.
Activities of 2008-2009
- Biweekly meetings: we hosted biweekly meetings that were advertised primarily through email to various campus listservs. We generally had about 4 attending members, though sometimes meetings were larger.
- National SEEDS Opportunities: At our meetings, we encouraged members to apply for national SEEDS opportunities. Members who have participated in past opportunities shared their experiences and gave advice on applying. 2 students attended field trips, 1 student attended a leadership conference, and 4 students are attending the annual ESA meeting.
- Outreach to other chapters: We have attempted to schedule activities with the Dine College Chapter. While the timing was not convenient for either chapter both times, we will continue to develop ties with other southwestern chapters.
- Field Trip to the Sevilleta LTER: Supported by a Special Projects Grant from the national organization, we took 8 students to the Sevilleta LTER. Students from the UT-EP SEEDS chapter also traveled to the Sevilleta.
- Stefan Sommer
- Angie Moline