Greetings SEEDS Family!

The Ecological Society of America and the SEEDS program wish you and your loved ones a very special holiday season. May your school year end in success and leave you eager for more in 2015.  The application season is just around the corner and we urge all our students to look for great summer programs and opportunities to explore ecology.  Enjoy the time off school and cheers for a bright and Happy New Year!

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SEEDS Partnerships for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship <http://esa.org/seeds/fellowship/>

ESA SEEDS is pleased to announce the SEEDS Partnerships for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship to begin in 2015! The SPUR program is an update of the SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF).

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The SPUR Fellowships offers a paid summer research/internship experience at a partner location, two SEEDS Leadership Meetings and a travel award to the ESA Annual Meeting to present the research (as funds allow). Travel and housing expenses to all these opportunities are covered. This fellowship has a value of up to $13,000 in support.

To launch the SPUR program, we are pleased to announce partnerships with:

*   Carnegie Museum of Natural History
*   Harvard Forest
*   Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station

We are currently accepting applications! Visit our SPUR Fellowship webpage for more information.

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Partner with SEEDS! Have an internship or REU and would like to partner with the SEEDS program? Please visit our SEEDS Partnership <http://esa.org/seeds/opportunities/partnerships/> website for more information!

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100th ESA Annual Meeting

[http://esa.org/seeds/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/logo.png]<http://esa.org/baltimore/>We are a few weeks away from 2015, when we will begin a year of celebration in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ecological Society of America!  There is a lot of buzz about this year’s big celebration in Baltimore, MD in August.  If you wish to be part of this historic meeting, stay up-to-date with deadlines and applications.  To be considered for funding from SEEDS to attend the meeting, it is highly recommended that students submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation.

The call for abstracts is now OPEN for Contributed Talks, Contributed Posters and Contributed Lightning Talks (new for 2015!).

To submit your research abstract, please visit www.esa.org/baltimore<http://www.esa.org/baltimore>.

SEEDS Applications for the 100th ESA Annual Meeting will OPEN in mid-January!
Stay tuned to SEEDS on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/ESASEEDS>, Twitter<https://twitter.com/ESA_SEEDS> and LinkedIn<https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=6503996> to find out more information about the application process for the BIG ESA Centennial Celebration.  This meeting will be historic!

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Looking back at 2014

This was a very busy year for SEEDS! Here is a short summary of all the SEEDS adventures this past year:

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SEEDS Leadership Meeting – with the help of past ESA president, Dr. Jill Baron, the program brought together 25 undergraduate students from 23 different SEEDS Chapters to discuss “Food Sustainability and Food Justice” this past April in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.  The students were very motivated to discuss this worldwide issue with talks and events presented by experts from the US Geological Service and Colorado State University, including VP for Public Affairs, Dr. Sharon Collinge.

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For the SEEDS National Field Trip, in early May we flew 20 students up to northern Wisconsin to visit the Trout Lake Station of the University of Wisconsin and learn about the science of limnology.  This was a great experience for many students in our group that had never seen snow or a frozen lake.  A big thank you to Dr. Tim Kratz and the rest of the Trout Lake staff for such a wonderful experience!

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A few weeks later in May, we organized a SEEDS Regional Field Trip at Mountain Lake Biological Station in Pembroke, Virginia.   We brought 12 students from three SEEDS Chapters – Howard University, Hampton University and Coppin State University to learn about the ecology of the Appalachian Mountains.   The group had the opportunity to explore different projects and even hike up to Cascade Falls!  Thank you to Dr. Eric Nagy and the MLBS staff for being such great partners of our program!

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The 99th ESA Annual Meeting was held in sunny Sacramento, California this past August and SEEDS presence was very strong! We sponsored 34 undergraduate and 5 graduate students to attend the meeting. Of those students, we had 19 SEEDS Chapters represented, and students participated in 27 different presentations during the weeklong event.

Our three new SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellows; Julissa Hunte, Carla Lopez and Daniel Metz embarked on their research adventures.  Find more about them projects on our Meet The Fellows <http://esa.org/seeds/fellowship/meet-the-fellows/> webpage.

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In November, the program hosted another SEEDS Regional Field Trip to the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER in Phoenix, Arizona.   On this trip, we brought 14 undergraduate students and three SEEDS Alumni (all PhD candidates!) to Arizona State University to discuss water resources and sustainability in the Southwestern United States.  Students came from 7 SEEDS Chapters in the area; Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Stanford University and Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute.

We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for their tremendous support. We especially thank all the ESA members and friends of SEEDS for your financial contributions that have allowed SEEDS to stay nimble and sustain the program!

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January is National Mentoring Month!!!   #SEEDSMentors

For 18 years, the SEEDS program has directly mentored over 600+ students to pursue, lead, and succeed in the science of ecology – but we could not have done this without the help of our mentors! We would love to hear your reflections on what mentoring has meant to you!

To all our SEEDS family, we encourage you to send a thank you note, an email or phone call to your mentor, that special someone who educated and guided you to become a better person, and steered you in your career goals.

January is National Mentoring Month! The theme this year is “Mentoring Works!” So do take a moment to recognize the key role of mentoring in your life. Share your reflections and/or thank the individuals who have helped you reach your goals.

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January 8th – “I am a Mentor Day”, recognize yourself as a mentor on social media to raise awareness about the need and benefits of mentoring.
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January 15th – “Thank Your Mentor Day”, take a moment to thank those that have mentored you and helped you become a better professional.

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We especially encourage you to post your reflections on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/ESASEEDS> and Twitter<https://twitter.com/ESA_SEEDS>. Please use the official SEEDS hashtag: #SEEDSMentors to be part of the amazing SEEDS story!

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Help SEEDS in 2015! Let’s grow SEEDS together!

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Become a Mentor<http://esa.org/seeds/annual-meeting/esa-annual-meeting-seeds-mentor-sign-up/>- If you are a member of the Ecological Society of America and will be joining us for our Annual Meetings, please sign up to become a SEEDS Mentor.  You will be partnered with a student travel award recipient and help him/her navigate our Annual Meeting.
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Partner with the program<http://esa.org/seeds/opportunities/partnerships/>- if you work for an organization that is looking to recruit or sponsor outstanding students with interests in pursuing a career in an ecology related field, please send us a message atseeds@esa.org<mailto:seeds@esa.org>.  We are always looking for new ways to serve our students and provide them with unique opportunities.
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Donate<http://www.esa.org/esa/donate/seeds-program-fund-donation-form/>– Up to 20% of the SEEDS budget is expected to come from individual donors next year.  Your generous gift will help sustain SEEDS and allow us to move forward with confidence to help the next generation of ecologist succeed.

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