Derinne Callaghan ('19) and Taylor Hillyer ('18) are HIram College's 2016-17 SEED Schoalrs.
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 and interactions between human social and natural systems
- Integrate and communicate ideas and information representing diverse perspectives on the environment
- Foster sustainability, particularly in Northeast Ohio
- Develop professional skills through creative collaboration, mentored learning experiences, and possible conference attendance
Each year SEED Scholars collaborate with each other and other student groups to explore a specific set of environmental issues and real-world challenges within a general common theme—analyzing problems and researching potential solutions, integrating information and knowledge from across the disciplines, and communicating their findings in multiple ways.
This year's goals are: to investigate what Hiram students know and think about sustainability, to research and implement strategies for getting Hiram students, faculty, and staff to engage more with the outdoor campus and in doing so build community, and to inform and support the college's sustainability initiatives.
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.