Student Grant Program

SER MWGL is pleased to offer a Student Restoration Implementation Grant and Student Restoration Research Grant annually. Grants are competitive and available to student Chapter members at any institution of higher education occurring within the region of SER MWGL Chapter. Award recipients will be announced on the chapter blog and the recipient will be expected to present an oral or poster presentation about their funded project at the Annual Chapter Meeting one year later.

Student Restoration



Student Restoration Implementation Grant:  To encourage and support student involvement in the practice of ecological restoration within the regional boundaries of SER MWGL Chapter. The Chapter will award one grant of up to $2,000 to an eligible student, student group, or student-oriented group to be used for supplies, equipment, and other items that will support implementation of restoration practices. Grant funds cannot be used for travel to the SER MWGL annual meeting. The award winners will be announced on the chapter blog

Examples of types of project implementation proposals that the Chapter would consider supporting include, but are not limited to, the following: 1) implementation of restoration projects by student groups; 2) support student group participation in volunteer work days at restoration site or sites; and 3) support student group education or outreach event developed to educate the public about a restoration project that they have implemented or education/outreach about restoration project that others have implemented.   See the SER MWGL 2019 Implementation Award RFP.

Student Restoration Research Grant:   To encourage and support student involvement in research in ecological restoration within the regional boundaries of the SER MWGL Chapter. The Chapter will award one grant of up to $2,000 to an eligible student to be used for research supplies, travel, equipment and other needs. See the  SER MWGL 2019 Research Award RFP.


Previous Student Restoration Implementation Grant Winners

2019: Jack Zinnen. Project Title: Creating seed production areas for high quality prairie forbs at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve


Anna Peschel for her work on whether “adaptive evolution can proceed at a sufficiently rapid pace to maintain population fitness and demographic stability”





Red Bison

Red Bison, a Student Organization at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for their work on “Restoring prairie patches in an urban landscape to support native biodiversity and reconnect city residents with their region’s ecological heritage”





Previous Student Restoration Research Grant Winners



Julia Brokaw

Project Title: Maximizing the potential of prairie restoration and management for ground-nesting bees


                                   Adrienne Ernst for her work on “The Effects of Phylogenic Diversity and Functional Diversity on Invasibility        of Restored Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystems”. PhD Candidate, Plant Biology and Conservation, Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University.


Becky Barak


Becky Barak, Northwestern University, for her project “Do seed traits predict germination and persistence of plant species in prairie restoration?”


Amy Alstad


Amy Alstad, Ph.D. student, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin, “Seed size as a determinant of recruitment success in prairie restoration”