Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships
Josh Laerm Memorial Outstanding Ecology Undergraduate Award
The purpose of this award is to honor a graduating senior enrolled in a B.S. or A.B. degree program in the Odum School of Ecology. The award competition will be based on a combination of research, classroom, and service performance (i.e., all-around qualities of a professional ecologist and impactful citizen within the Odum School of Ecology)
There will be one award of $200. Support will be in the form of a stipend paid directly to the recipient.
Ron Carroll and Carol Hoffman Costa Rica Travel Award
The purpose of this award is to provide support for students in the Odum School of Ecology who travel to Costa Rica as part of the Tropical Ecology Maymester or Tropical Biology fall semester programs. Support will be in the form of a stipend paid directly to the recipient.
There will be up to four awards of $400 each.
This award will not be given in 2020.
Thelma Richardson and Frank Golley Undergraduate Support Award
The purpose of this award is to encourage individual excellence in undergraduate studies with awards to Odum School undergraduate students for travel, papers, general merit, or other endeavors.
There will be two awards of up to $500 each. Support will be in the form of a stipend paid directly to the recipient.
Seydel Award in Sustainability and Conservation
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.
Ecology Educator Award
The Odum School of Ecology Educator Award recognizes outstanding educators from around the country who have supported and inspired their students to study ecology and achieve at high levels. This award allows the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology to honor and celebrate educators who motivate and inspire future ecologists.
Students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee composed of Odum staff and faculty selects one educator to receive the award for their teaching effectiveness, commitment to learning, and passion for ecological education. In April, the winner is recognized at the Odum School of Ecology’s Spring Fling and sent a congratulatory letter and certificate. The administrators of their high school is also notified of their achievement.
The entire Odum School of Ecology credits the excellence of the Odum student body to educators like these, who shape their students long before they attend the University of Georgia, and would like to thank these and all educators in their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.
Extended to 5 p.m. April 13, 2020.