In an effort to aid motivated students considering environmental careers, SWS proudly provides National Science Foundation-funded opportunities for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to participate in the SWS Annual Meeting. These opportunities are structured to maximize exposure to career options in wetland science and include individual mentors paired with the students, career mini-workshops and a luncheon. Spaces are also secured by the SWS Multicultural Mentoring Program coordinator for students wishing to present papers or posters in the meeting's scientific agenda.
Funding for these awards is also provided by SWS regional chapters. Since 2011, the SWS Multicultural Mentoring Program has expanded its mission to include not only undergraduate mentoring of 8-11 students per year, but also support for past student award winners to return to the annual meeting and serve as mentors themselves. This grant also supports student interaction with the Ecological Society of America SEEDS program. Visit our Human Diversity pages for information on SWS efforts in this area.
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. Applications must be complete, including a "tell us about yourself" essay that is well composed and clearly addresses the requested information.
Accepted participants will receive:
- Conference registration, lodging and all travel expenses to the SWS Annual Meeting
- SWS membership for one year following the award
- Individual career mentoring
- Postgraduate and career workshops
- Networking opportunities to meet professionals from diverse fields
- Opportunity to present a research poster
- Networking opportunities with our growing community of SWaMMP students
- Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions and be undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree.
- For the purposes of these awards, applicants must belong to one or more of the following groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in wetland sciences: Black/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Indigenous Alaskans, Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian).
Students are encouraged to send an email to Vanessa Lougheed indicating their interest in the program prior to submitting the online application. Please send the completed, electronic application and academic transcripts to Vanessa Lougheed (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information about SWS Undergraduate Mentoring Program contact:
Dr. Vanessa L. Lougheed
University of Texas at El Paso
Department of Biological Sciences
El Paso, TX, 79902