The Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution (UDE) program sends undergraduate students to the annual Evolution meeting, the joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN). At the meeting, students will (i) present a poster, (ii) receive mentoring from graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, and (iii) participate in a career-oriented 'Undergraduate Futures in Evolutionary Biology' panel and discussion. The program is funded by SSE and the BEACON Center for Evolution in Action. Each selected awardee receives:
For more information on previous years' Undergraduate Diversity programs, please see Dr. Scott Edwards' Community page. The 2017 program page can be found here.
*Note: The meal stipend will be provided as a reimbursement after the meeting.
The application deadline is Sunday , March 31st, and decisions will be announced by Sunday, April 7th. Applications are welcomed from all undergraduates, and the admissions goal is to create a diverse pool of students.
Applications consist of:
The full application form can be found at the bottom of this page. The letter of recommendation must be submitted in PDF format via email to Dr. Louise Mead (email@example.com) .
Complete and submit the application form below to apply for the award. The form CANNOT be saved to complete later; therefore, we recommend you prepare the application in a text file (word doc) and then copy/paste your answers here. NOTE: On some browsers the form may have a scroll bar that is separate from the webpage.
The Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution program will host two conference events (also detailed on the conference website):
These two events are open to ANY attending undergraduates or post-baccalaureates, regardless of award status/eligibility, but we kindly request you sign up in advance.
We are also looking for graduate students, postdocs and faculty members who would like to serve as mentors to the undergraduate awardees during the meeting. Mentors meet with pairs of students and attend talks with them, introduce them to colleagues, network and generally make the meeting a welcoming place for them. Mentoring is available to non-awardee students as well, depending on how many mentors sign up. Although costs are not covered for mentors, it is an unusually rewarding experience. Contact Dr. Richard Kliman (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in serving as a mentor. You can also indicate your interest in mentoring via the conference registration form. NOTE: Mentors need to be available on Friday, June 21st at 6:30PM in order to be introduced to their mentees.
For inquiries please contact one of the organizers:
Louise Mead - email@example.com
Richard Kliman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Edwards - email@example.com