We are looking for talented and diverse undergraduates to send to the Evolution meeting in Raleigh, NC from June 20-24, 2014.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, April 14th, 2014 (5:00 PM PST)

NOTIFICATION DATE: Monday, April 21st, 2014

To apply online, please visit www.nescent.org/Evo2014undergradapp

For the twelfth consecutive year, the Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution program will send undergraduate students to the annual joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN).  This year’s meeting will take place in Raleigh, NC from June 20th through 24th. 

For more on previous years' Undergraduate Diversity programs, please see Dr. Scott Edwards' Community Outreach page.

Students participating in this program are expected to present a poster of their own research.  They will also attend scientific sessions, receive mentoring from graduate students, postdocs and faculty members, and participate in career/professional development workshops.

This program covers all expenses (travel, food, lodging, conference registration).

To apply online, please visit www.nescent.org/Evo2014undergradapp

Applications consist of:

  • Title, author line and abstract of the poster to be presented by the undergraduate.
  • A one page statement of academic interests and career goals, and of how attending the Evolution meetings will help meet these goals.
  • A letter of recommendation from the undergraduate's research advisor.  The letter should indicate how inclusion of the student will increase diversity of the group participants and whether or not the student plans to attend graduate school or medical school. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • As a group, attending students must increase diversity among undergraduates at Evolution meetings.
  • Students demonstrating a need for student funds to attend SSE will be given preference.  Those students without access to travel funds from their institutions or their research advisor’s research budget will be chosen over those that have significant support.
  • Students must be registered undergraduates or very recent graduates (i.e., having finished classes during the winter or spring quarters/semesters before the meeting).
  • Students preparing to attend graduate school in ecology or evolutionary biology or related fields will be given priority over students planning to attend medical school.
  • All students will be encouraged to attend the entire meeting to maximize their participation and to minimize travel costs by spanning a Saturday overnight stay.  Students selected for the award will make travel arrangements through a designated travel agent working with this program, and will be expected to attend the closing reception on Tuesday June 24th.


To apply online, please visit www.nescent.org/Evo2014undergradapp

Contact one of the program organizers for more information:

Jory Weintraub (jory@nescent.org)

Scott V. Edwards (sedwards@fas.harvard.edu)

Richard Kliman (rmkliman@cedarcrest.edu)