Seward Award Requirements

Fred Seward Award

The award was established by the George E. Archer Foundation in 2014 to honor the memory of Fred Seward.


Any graduate student in good academic standing earning a declared major from the IUB Department of Biology who works in ecology, environmental biology, or in sustainable forestry or gardening through curricula, research, or outreach.

Award amounts vary from year to year. Most Department of Biology awards are between $500 and $3000; a few are larger.

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To get started, you must initiate a general application by answering 5 required questions and electronically signing before submitting. The application contains many questions designed for undergraduate applicants to IU. Continuing undergraduate and graduate students need only complete the required pieces. The general application may be created at any time during the academic year.

For Biology awards, you must upload a current CV, a personal statement, and the email address of a faculty member who will supply a letter of recommendation. Refer to specific awards for additional required materials.


A review committee of two Biology faculty members in conjunction with representatives of the George E. Archer Foundation will select each year’s recipient.

Recommendations and nominations

Faculty/Postdoc Fellows: Submit graduate student award recommendations and nominations via the graduate advising office dropbox.

Student awards ceremony

Recipients of this award will be recognized at an online student awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021.