The purpose of the Sustainability, Environment, and Engaged Design Scholars Program is to cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders. As SEED Scholars, Hiram students have unique opportunities to:
- Critically examine the relationships between human social and natural systems
- Develop and communicate ideas and information that integrate diverse perspectives on the environment
- Foster sustainability at all levels—from the planetary to the Northeast Ohio region
- Develop professional skills through peer-networking, conference attendance, and mentored learning experiences
Each year SEED Scholars collaborate as a cohort to explore a specific set of environmental themes and real-world challenges—investigating natural and human social systems, analyzing problems and identifying solutions, and creatively communicating their findings via the SEEDS Discovery Blog and a number of other ways.
SEEDS Criteria and Eligibility
The SEED Scholars program is open to traditional Hiram College undergraduates of all majors. Each cohort of SEED Scholars is comprised of four-seven exceptional students who demonstrate: deep curiosity about the world, self-motivation in learning, respect for ideas and diversity of perspectives, strong communication skills, an established interest in environmental issues and the inter-relationship between natural and human social systems.
SEED Scholars receive a stipend upon successful completion of their annual term and may be eligible to apply for a second SEED award. The application process begins in August.
SEED Scholars are expected to develop a specific collaborative project; meet regularly with their peers and faculty mentor; regularly contribute to the SEEDS project; write installments for the SEEDS Discovery Blog; attend a set of evening lectures, convocations, and library forum talks; and collaborate with one another to design and deliver a final product that communicates their integrated scholarship to a diverse audience.