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.


$2,500. This competitive award will be disbursed during the summer.

Save the application form to your computer. Fill out the form using Adobe Acrobat Professional DC. (Acrobat Pro may be downloaded for free from under the "Design & Production" section of IUWare.) Choose "Save as" and rename your completed form as your Lastname_firstname_2020.pdf (example: Wyss_kathy_2020.pdf). Mac users: Please take the extra step of opening your completed form in Preview, select "print," and then use the "Save as PDF" option to resave the form to ensure your application is readable in Windows.

Application instructions Application form Submit your application


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: Please upload student award recommendations and nominations to the "Recommendations" dropbox.

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Student awards ceremony

Recipients of this award were to be recognized at a student awards ceremony on Friday, May 1, 2020; however, to ensure the safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was cancelled.