We are looking for talented and diverse undergraduates to send to the Evolution meetings this June 17-21 in Austin, TX!

APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 ARE CLOSED. They were due Monday, April 18th, 2016 (11:59 PM EST). We have also now finalized mentor pairing for 2016 and will not be accepting any more requests, but we invite any undergrad/post-bach attendees to join as at the two events detailed below.

Undergraduate Events at Evolution 2016

The Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution program will host two conference events (also detailed on the conference website):

These two events are open to ANY attending undergraduates or post-baccalaureates, regardless of award status/eligibility, as well as their advisors/mentors. Our keynote speaker for the Futures Lecture will be Dr. Julia Clarke.

Award Program Details

For the 13th year the Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution program will send undergraduate students to the annual joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN). At the meeting, students will (i) present a poster, (ii) receive mentoring from graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, and (iii) participate in a career-oriented 'Undergraduate Futures in Evolutionary Biology' panel and discussion. The program is funded by SSE and the BEACON Center for Evolution in Action and will cover the costs of travel, registration, food, and accommodation to the awardees.

For more on information on previous years' Undergraduate Diversity programs, please see Dr. Scott Edwards' Community page. You can also download a flyer with the award details here.

Application Details

The application deadline is Monday, April 18th, and decisions will be announced by Tuesday, April 26th. Applications are welcomed from all undergraduates, and the admissions goal is to create a diverse pool of students.

Applications consist of:

The application form can be found at the bottom of this page. The letter of recommendation should be submitted in PDF format via email to Alexa Warwick (awarwick@msu.edu).

Selection criteria:


We are also looking for graduate students, postdocs and faculty members who would like to serve as mentors to the undergraduate awardees during the meeting. Mentors meet with pairs of students and attend talks with them, introduce them to colleagues, network and generally make the meeting a welcoming place for them. Although costs are not covered for mentors it is an unusually rewarding experience. Contact Dr. Richard Kliman (rmkliman@cedarcrest.edu) if you are interested in serving as a mentor. You can also indicate your interest in mentoring via the conference registration form. NOTE: Mentors need to be available on Friday, June 17th, around 7PM (prior to the Gould Lecture) in order to be introduced to their mentees.

Application Form

Complete and submit the application form below to apply for the award. The form CANNOT be saved to complete later; therefore, we recommend you prepare the application in a text file (word doc) and then copy/paste your answers here. NOTE: On some browsers the form may have a scroll bar that is separate from the webpage.


For inquires please contact one of the organizers:

Alexa Warwick - awarwick@msu.edu
Richard Kliman - rmkliman@cedarcrest.edu
Scott Edwards - sedwards@fas.harvard.edu