The Society of Wetland Scientists provides travel awards and career mentoring to undergraduates from underrepresented groups at its annual meeting. The Society brings the students to our national meeting and matches them with mentors for the duration of the meeting. The goal is to increase diversity in wetland science fields.

Are you an undergraduate student majoring in biology, ecology, agriculture, marine biology, chemistry, or toxicology? Do you teach or advise students who are science, life sciences, conservation, or natural resources majors? This is an exciting opportunity for these students. The areas of interest of the student participants range from freshwater to marine and involve a wide variety of organism types .



The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) announces the availability of undergraduate student awards for travel to attend the Joint Aquatic Sciences meeting in Portland, Oregon May 18 – May 23, 2014. This unique meeting is co-hosted by SWS, ASLO, PSA and SFS and will build a bridge across the disciplines within the field of aquatic science and will explore many exciting opportunities for collaboration. The mission of this SWS program is to increase diversity in the Society and the field of wetland sciences by offering full travel awards to undergraduate students from underrepresented groups and providing career mentoring and exposure to career options at the Society’s annual meeting (see application form for eligible groups). These awards are supported by the National Science Foundation and several SWS Chapters (Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, South Central, North Central, Western, and Pacific Northwest). The areas of interest of the student participants range from freshwater to marine and involve a wide variety of organism types. Undergraduate participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associates degree. Spring 2014 graduates are eligible as well. Participants are selected based on academic promise, interest in exploring a career in the natural sciences, potential for serving as a mentor, and demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented students.

Apply. Spread the word. The deadline for applications this year is November 8, 2013.

The Application is simple. Complete the standard form - name, school major, activities. Share a copy of transcript (unofficial PDF is fine). Line up a reference letter from your adviser or one of your science professors and complete the short essay. Please note: It is especially important that applications be complete and that the "tell us about yourself" essay clearly addresses the information requested and that it be well composed. For students with undergraduate research experience, they can apply to present a poster presentation of their research. Adding this information will enhance the application but it is not required. The Award will cover the cost of students’ travel expenses associated with the meeting. Send your completed application and support materials (or direct any questions you may have) to the Program Coordinator, Dr. Frank Day.

Dr. Frank P. Day

Old Dominion University


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Application 2014 Society of Wetland Sciences Mentoring and Travel Award. Deadline is Friday, November 8, 2013.