"UC Berkeley SEEDS" » Berkeley, California
The goals and objectives of our SEEDS chapter are to encourage and support underrepresented students in the field of ecology through graduate mentorship programs, research experiences, workshops, fellowship and admission writing workshops, etc. Not only do we want to create an on-campus support network, but we also want to reach out to the local community through education and direct action (e.g., restoration projects). Overall, we want to provide a space and activities to help undergraduate learn about the different fields of ecology, to get the support and tools to pursue careers or high education in the field of ecology, and to help spread the word about the foundations of ecology to the greater community.
Plans for 2009-2010
- The overall goals and objectives of this upcoming years is to start a SEEDS chapter at UC Berkeley by recruiting new students, followed by a number of activities and events to engage students in ecology.
- Gather research funding/credit opportunity information on campus and match undergraduates with graduate or faculty research projects
- 2 social/educational events: ecological-themed movie night, panel or guest speaker of careers in ecology
- 2 local nature-related field trips: local natural history museum, hike
- 1 mentoring/social event with a neighboring SEEDS chapter to help guide us in our first year
- 1 public outreach event (ecology lessons at local public schools to encourage higher education in ecology)
- 1 restoration event (invasive riparian plant removal on campus)
Activities of 2008-2009
New chapter as of January 2010
- Stephanie Carlson