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Seydel Award in Sustainability and Conservation (Undergraduate)

Since becoming a standalone school in 2007, the Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology and the IDEA Advisory Board have played a leading role in making the University of Georgia a more sustainable campus. Through our teaching, research and outreach initiatives the University of Georgia is serving as a living laboratory that provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to enhance the quality of life on campus and beyond.

As founding chair of the IDEA Advisory Board, Rutherford Seydel has played a major role in leading these efforts, and continues to challenge UGA not to rest on its laurels. Beyond his service to the Odum School and UGA, Seydel is a director and vice-chairman of The Conservation Fund, co-founder and CEO of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Fund, Inc., a member of the board of directors of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law, and a Trustee of the National Parks Conservation Association. As co-owner of the Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Hawks, he was responsible for making Atlanta’s Philips Arena the first sports arena in North America to achieve LEED certification.

In his honor, we have established the Seydel Award in Sustainability and Conservation.

This award of provides up to $2000 for new sustainability initiatives to undergraduate students in the Odum School of Ecology. Deadline for applications is April 1st.

  • The award supports projects focused on ecological dimensions of sustainability, on campus and/or in the building and environs of the Odum School of Ecology.
  • $2000 will be awarded annually, which may be distributed to one or more projects.
  • Projects must be completed by December 31 of the year in which the award is received.

Proposal Instructions:

In a single Word or PDF document, include:

  1. Project Information: Project title, proposer’s name(s) and email address(es)
  2. Project Objective & Significance:  200 word explanation of the project’s main objective, and how it addresses ecological dimensions of sustainability.
  3. Project Description: 800 word explanation of how the project will achieve its objective, and a timeline for the project. 
    1. The description should specify any potential consultations or permissions that may need to be sought with campus offices in order to conduct the project.  Applicants do not need to actually seek such consultations and permissions prior to applying.
    2. Demonstration of background research into related projects elsewhere may be useful to include as support for feasibility of the proposed project.
  4. Proposed Budget:  A table describing the project’s expenses, which clearly link to the project description.  A budget justification of up to 200 words can also be included if needed to explain the expenses.
  5. Recommended: Name and email address of an OSE faculty or staff member who endorses the project.  By endorsing the project, the faculty or staff member signifies that she or he has discussed the project with you and thinks the project is a good idea, not that they are responsible for overseeing the project.

To submit your proposal:

Email your full proposal to Seth Wenger: swenger@uga.edu by April 1 at 5:00 pm.


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