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The core SEEDS program components offer hands-on, engaging experiences with ecology that exhibit the relevance and applications of the science. Each experience also provides opportunities to interact with a diverse group of ecologists and other motivated students to both broaden and deepen students’ understanding of ecology and potential careers.

The Ecological Society of America (ESA), a non-partisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915. As the nation’s leading professional society of ecologists, ESA’s mission is to promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists; raise public awareness of the importance of ecological science; increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and foster the diffusion of scientific and technical knowledge, and its use.


SEEDS was established in 1996 to reduce, over time, the serious under-representation within the field of ecology of individuals from certain minority groups. The first phase of the program (1996-2002) focused on institutional support of historically black colleges and universities. To learn more about the history of SEEDS, read “The First Six Years.”


The Ecological Society of America’s SEEDS program greatly appreciates the dedication and generosity of its supporters. The commitment of its supporters allows SEEDS to provide opportunities to underrepresented students to diversify and advance the science of ecology.

Foundation Support

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation makes grants in higher education, museums and art conservation, performing arts, conservation and the environment, and public affairs.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

US Forest Service

Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Official Logo of the U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Forest Service

David and Lucile Pack Foundation

Provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following broad program areas: conservation; population; science; children, families, and communities.

David and Lucile Pack Foundation

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…”
National Science Foundation

Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation

The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation has been supporting the conservation of natural resources in eastern North America and the Caribbean Basin, with an emphasis on the United States since 1987-88.
Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation

Individual Support

The SEEDS program would like to thank all the generous donations from individual ESA members and the larger community.

Make a Donation

We invite you to contribute to ESA’s SEEDS program and help support and encourage greater diversity in the ecology profession.