Student Experience Enhancement Fund (SEEF)

Student planting seeds in a greenhouse, wearing a green Macdonald Campus sweatshirtThe Student Experience Enhancement Fund (SEEF) for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is designed to provide funding for experiential non-academic learning initiatives. These active learning opportunities foster intentional reflection as well as the acquisition of knowledge, skills and values going above and beyond the traditional classroom experience.

Examples of opportunities which may be eligible for funding include: 

  • Non-Credit Internships;
  • Independent Research
  • International Volunteering or Internships
  • Academic Conferences where students are making significant presentations.

Since 2014, over 50 students (16 different projects/student experiences) have participated in various experiential learning opportunities and over $57,000 in funding has been provided, all because of donor support.

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Douglas and Doreen Jose Student Experience Enhancement Award

“Enhancing aspirations and augmenting career development”

Doug Jose, smilingEstablished in 2022 through a generous gift from Macdonald alumni Douglas Jose, BScAgr’66, and the late Doreen Jose, BSc(HEc)’68, to provide funding for experiential learning initiatives.

“When I was an undergraduate, Macdonald provided students the opportunity to pursue our creative skills and interests in a wide variety of activities. The goal of the SEEF (Student Experience Enhancement Fund) is to provide an opportunity for students to enhance their formal education. It will encourage students to exploit their creative ideas to augment their formal education. A more enlightened formal education will lead to a more satisfying career. Macdonald was an inspiring community for me. My wish is to help future graduates achieve that feeling and enter a professional career with confidence”.

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It takes a community to raise a productive graduate. Formal classroom instruction does not provide all the skills and knowledge beneficial to have a creative, satisfying career and be a productive member of society.

The Douglas and Doreen Jose Student Experience Enhancement Award was established to provide funding for experiential learning initiatives. These active and varied learning opportunities will foster the acquisition of knowledge, skills and insights to supplement traditional classroom experiences. It extends opportunities to act on creative ideas and aspirations and to generate experiences that will assist in career development.

The projects or initiatives funded by the award may include, but are not limited to, organizing and completing non-credit internships, conducting independent research, volunteering related to the applicant’s academic background, pursuing formal activities related to professional career development, organizing academic related conferences where students will make significant presentations, inviting speakers to campus, conducting workshops to augment academic instruction or to assist in the preparation for a professional career, organizing intercollegiate activities or student competitions.

Funded projects must foster experiences beyond the classroom and must focus on the experience rather than materials. Expenditures can include supporting supplies and documents.

Both individual students and groups of students are eligible for this award.

To learn more about this project, please contact: / Pour en savoir plus, veuillez contacter :

Ron Henry, Senior Development Officer
ron.henry [at] | 514-398-7695

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