Student Grant Program
Student Restoration Implementation Grant: The Student Restoration Implementation Grant was introduced in 2016 to encourage and support student involvement in the practice of ecological restoration within the regional boundaries of SER MWGL Chapter. The Chapter will award two grants (one Research, one Implementation) of up to $4,000 each 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/website.
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. SER MWGL 2023 Student Grants RFP_final
Student Restoration Research Grant: The Student Restoration Research Grant was introduced in 2014 to encourage and support student involvement in research in ecological restoration within the regional boundaries of the SER MWGL Chapter. The Chapter will award two grants (one Research, one Implementation) of up to $4,000 each.
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/website 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.
2023 Student Restoration Implementation Grant Winners
Aishwarya Veerabahu, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Research Grant
Aishwarya earned her B.S. in Biology from the chapparal hills of UC Riverside in Southern California. After graduating, her passion for ecology led her to become a naturalist and an environmental educator. After spending time in the rich forests of the Adirondacks in upstate NY, she was inspired to study fungi and their role in forest health. For her PhD in fungal ecology, she intends to broadly study biodiversity and ecosystem resilience. She currently works on the ecological impact of non-native Golden Oyster fungi on native microbial communities in Wisconsin.
Jordan Zapata, Michigan State University – Research Grant
Hi, I’m Jordan Zapata. I’m an undergrad at Michigan State University studying plant biology. Michigan’s wetlands are unique and important ecosystems, and I’m very fortunate to be working in one this summer!
Ava Hohn, Madison Luna, and Bella Evan-Cook, Drake University – Implementation Grant
Ava Hohn, Madison Luna, and Bella Evan-Cook are students from Drake University working with Perry, Iowa to help establish and create a management plan for a newly planted 2-acre prairie as their capstone project for the environmental science department. Thank you for this opportunity, the grant awarded will go toward adding plant plugs to the prairie site and to support their efforts in creating a beautiful outdoor space.
Previous Student Restoration Implementation Grant Winners
The SER Student Chapter of The Ohio State University for their project “Replanting the urban riparian forest along the Olentangy River in Columbus, Ohio.”
Previous Student Restoration Research Grant Winners
2020 Brian Charles for his research “Predicting outcomes in restored riparian wetlands: Using functional traits, species composition, and species richness to explain restoration outcomes.”