For the 11th consecutive year, the Undergraduate Diversity at SSE/SSB program will take place, this year at the 2013 meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) and the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) in Snowbird, Utah. This year the program will be led and funded entirely by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham, NC and will be somewhat smaller than in past years, with a goal of sendnig approximately 10 students, and with a greater emphasis on bringing in students from federally-recognized underrepresented groups. Read some comments from participants in previous years.
An application web portal is available at
Applications consist of a 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; and one 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. It is essential that the students' contact information (both e-mail and mailing address) be included in the materials.
We can only accept applications from students who are US citizens or permanent residents. Applications will be accepted only from students registered or very recently graduated from U.S. institutions, including Puerto Rico (i.e., no later than having finished classes during the winter or spring semesters before the meeting) and traveling to the meeting from within the US. Students demonstrating a need for funds to attend SSE/SSB will be given preference, and will be selected so that as a group, they will maximize cultural diversity among undergraduates at the meetings.
Contact one of the program organizers for more information:
Scott V. Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Richard Kliman (email@example.com)
Jory Weintraub (firstname.lastname@example.org)