Seeking Educational Endeavors for Degrees in Science – SEEDS
SEEDS is a competitive scholarship program, funded by the National Science Foundation, to provide academically promising students seeking to study Biological & Natural Resource Sciences into NAU- Yuma (a transfer institution by design), where they will complete upper division coursework, obtain a bachelor of science degree, and be competitively groomed for employment or graduate school. Project SEEDS provides students with academic, research, and internship support, and offers graduate school and career preparation.
The SEEDS program has a significant and beneficial impact on the regional community, agency and industry partners, and NAU-Yuma. The project responds to an urgent community and national need for a scientifically literate, technically competent workforce. The program is designed to reduce barriers and increase support to improve student retention and enhance students’ general self-efficacy, strengthen partnerships within the STEM industry (including government agencies, education, and the commercial sector); and enhance the diversity of the scientific community. The implementation of field-based learning environments, internships, a learning community, and undergraduate research experiences will motivate SEEDS scholars to actively participate in the science community, perhaps leading to mentored research, publication, and participation in professional and academic scientific meetings.
Academic Support Accordion Closed
SEEDS Scholars will be supported by the following while in the program:
Up to $10,000 per year for academic expenses
Attend a natural history field trip
Tutoring for organic chemistry and biochemistry
Attend a week long academic strategies workshop
Participate in a weekly science seminar
Support for GRE preparations
Encouraged to participate in undergraduate research
Peer mentors and mentoring
Professional Development Accordion Closed
SEEDS scholars will be given the opportunity to:
Attend and/or present at a scientific conference
Attend a job Fair in Flagstaff or Phoenix
Develop competitive applications for internships, jobs, and professional schools
Develop their resume and writing skills
Application Information Accordion Closed
SEEDS scholars applications are now being accepted. We are considering applications on a case by case basis at this moment. Once all scholarship spots are filled new applications that are received will be put into the applicant pool for later review when additional spots become available.
Selection criteria will be based upon personal statement, GPA, and extracurricular activities such as completed summer research programs or internships.
Please contact the Biological and Ecological Sciences for application information.
Eligibility Accordion Closed
Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a S-STEM scholarship:
Intend to major in Biological & Natural Resource Sciences at NAU-Yuma
Complete basic coursework at their community college
Be eligible for federal financial aid
Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
Be a full time student
Be US citizens, nationals of the United States, aliens admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence
Scholarships of up to $10,000 per year will be based on financial need and academic potential. Scholarships are renewable for a second year when retention criteria are met. Thirty scholarships will be awarded over four years, beginning in Fall 2015. S-STEM scholarships will allow students to focus on academics and reduce the burden of seeking other forms of financial support, such as loans, work study positions, or outside employment. Academic support will ease the transition from a two-year college to NAU-Yuma and provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to complete their degree at NAU-Yuma, while also providing skills for searching and applying for jobs, balancing professional and family life, and/or applying for and succeeding in graduate school. Professional development activities will expose students to career options in the life sciences, while encouraging students to develop a network of colleagues in the scientific community.
This material is funded by the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program grant #1458321. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).