SWS Undergraduate Diversity Mentoring Program for #JASM2014

The 2014 Joint Aquatics Meeting (#JASM 2014 on Twitter) is coming up sooner than anyone realizes it. The conference is nine months out and Frank Day is already requesting applications from exceptional undergrads for the Society of Wetland Scientists' diversity mentoring program. The message below ran to the Ecological Society of America's email list today:


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 18-23, 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 92s 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. 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. Application materials and additional information are available from Dr. Frank P. Day, Old Dominion University (fday@odu.edu) and on the program’s web page (http://www.sws.or g/mentoring.mgi). An email to Frank Day expressing interest in the program can serve as a preapplication. Application deadline is November 8, 2013.


This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for undergraduates to experience the 2014 JASM, present their research and network with individuals in industry, academia, and government. Get in touch with Frank directly to apply or for more information.

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