Student Experience Enhancement Fund (SEEF)
The SEEF for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) supports extra-curricular experiential learning initiatives. These active learning opportunities foster intentional reflection and the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and values that complement the traditional classroom experience.
About the Program
Initiatives that are eligible for funding from the SEEF include, but are not limited to:
- independent research;
- community outreach and science education;
- non-credit internships;
- international volunteer placements;
- participation in academic conferences at which the student(s) give a substantial presentation.
Only students registered full-time in FAES may submit applications. Individual students may request support up to a maximum of $2,000 and student groups may request support of up to $5,000 for a single project.
- All applicants must be students registered full-time in FAES; university-recognized groups or clubs in FAES may also apply if all members meet the first requirement. Applicants must retain full-time student status during the term(s) in which the funds are to be used.
- Applications must clearly describe how the proposed initiatives are complimentary to the student learning experience.
- Awards will have a maximum value of $2,000 for individual students or up to $5,000 for any group
- Applications to the SEEF may be submitted any time prior to the end of January. Funding will be awarded in February of each year.
Applications to the SEEF may be submitted any time prior to the end of January.
Applications will be evaluated by a committee comprised of representatives from the Office of Student Academic Services (OSAS), University Advancement, and the faculty at large. The committee will meet to review the applications in February. The recommendations of the evaluation committee will be subject to review and approval by the Dean (FAES). The committee will inform all applicant(s) of the decisions.
Successful applicants must:
- Advertise the support of the SEEF in any public or promotional material related to the funded initiative (presentations, posters, signs, web content, etc.);
- Provide a final report to OSAS within 30 days of the completion of the initiative, including a summary of the outcomes and reflective feedback about the knowledge, skills, and values acquired through the experience. Applicants will be eligible for future funding only if they submit a final report;
- Help promote the SEEF and inform supporting donors by making available their report, photos and video (if available), and participating in interviews, if requested by Macdonald Communications (FAES);
- Give a short presentation about their project to the Faculty Advisory Board, if requested by University Advancement.
Support the SEEF
To make a contribution to the SEEF follow the guidelines below or contact celeste.longhurst [at] mcgill.ca (Celeste Longhurst), Director of Development, University Advancement Office, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 514-398-7593.
Ways to Give:
- By Cheque – Please send your cheque to McGill University, University Advancement Office, Laird Room 199B, 21,111 Lakeshore Road, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, H9X 3V9
- By Credit Card - Phone Celeste Longhurst at 514-398-7593
- By Credit Card – Online - please follow this link
Always specify your intention to support the SEEF. Our fund allocation code is - 05780. Indicating this on your cheque or in “other” comments will ensure your gift supports the causes which are of importance to you.
Funded SEEF Projects
The Macdonald Permaculture Showcase Garden
Enhancing Food Sovereignty with Native Species in Nariño, Colombia
McGill University Quarter Scale Tractor Pulling Team (MUTRAC)
Hot Cities of the World Tour
Hot Cities of the World Tour
Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Conference (2017)
Mac Farm Education Program (MFEP)
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Boot Camp (Anna Kusmer)
Mengyin Hong, PhD candidate (Human Nutrition) and Zoey Li, Dietetics (U3)
Yumitrition was created as a Diabetes Support Program for the Montreal Community is an interactive community project aims to integrate the talent and knowledge of dietetics and nutrition students at McGill to raise awareness and provide support for the growing diabetic community in Montreal.
Our objective is to form a diabetes ecosystem through two platforms:
- Social Platform: to connect the students and the local community through website, forums, social medias and community meetup social events
- Knowledge Platform: to encourage students to share the latest diabetic knowledge by posting articles on the website and to host cooking workshops/classes in the Food Labs on campus to help the local diabetic community
Since the project application in November, our project has grown far beyond just a social and knowledge platform.
Workshops: With the SEEF funding we were able to finance our initial workshops for nutrition and dietetic students to better understand blogging on social media. We invited professional food bloggers to explain the importance of the visual world online to grab peoples’ attention. Our 5 workshops in 1 semester was able to provide students with knowledge that they currently do not experience in school. We constantly focus on different topics with our workshops. Topic include, writing style development, food photography, professionalism, ethics and more.
Tamao Tsutsumi,BSc(FSc)'16; Anne Frazer-McKee, BSc(FSc)'16; Sonia Perillat-Amedee, BSc(FSc)'17
Our product began as a project in Dr. Karboune’s class at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University in September 2015. Once we had developed our concept, we entered Pulse Canada’s Mission ImPULSEible. In January 2016, we were selected as the winner of the Quebec division and were given the opportunity to showcase our product at CIFST’s biannual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Although we were not selected as winners at this final competition, we were invited to present our product at McGill’s Convergent Innovation Conference in March 2016 along with many leaders of the food industry.
At P2, Healthy Has Never Been So Tempting. Our product, Pum’ Crisps, combines the deliciousness of apples and cranberries, the vibrancy of beets, and the healthiness of pulses to bring innovation to the snack market. Wholesome lentil and chickpea flours are mixed with pomace and pea protein for a dense snack. For a touch of indulgence, the crisps are covered in a scrumptious chocolate drizzle enriched with pea protein for a total pulse content of more than 65%.
Funds for Success. The funding provided to us was vital to our success. With this money, we were able to purchase the necessary ingredients and equipment (juicer, dehydrator, and vacuum sealer) required to develop the product to its full potential. This equipment allowed us to prepare the product before our travels to Vancouver, while conserving its freshness. The remainder of the money was used to cover travel expenses (plane and hotel) in order to compete in the national competition.
A life changing experience: After hearing about the Hot Cities of the World Tour offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management, Mathieu Rouleau, FMT'13, BSc (AgrEnvSc)'16 and Peter Tikasz, BSc (AgEnvSc)'13, MSc, applied to SEEF to participate in the 2015 tour.
Hot Cities of the World Tour is an undercover business field trip, under the direction of Professor Karl Moore, that aims to provide a global experience of various economic climates for both students and alumni. Annually since 2007, a group of 40 people are selected and travel across the globe to meet with various industries, government officials, banks and journalists, in a public and private sectors, in both emerging and developing countries. Within a period of 10 days, the objective of this tour is to allow students to experience the global market, to understand the various points of view of local managers and to create a picture of the economic market outside North America. By travelling in emerging and developing countries, this trip allows students to face current issues and think about the upcoming challenges that they will face in the next 5, 10 and 20 years. Each year, part of the travel focuses on the human impact on its environment.
This tour also allows students to help out in various non-for-profit organizations and to realize the importance of a small gesture on someone else’s life, especially the ones in need. It also promotes the importance of communications and teamwork, especially today where everyone is one click away.
The Douglas and Doreen Jose Student Experience Enhancement Award
“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 Student Experience Enhancement Fund is to provide an opportunity for students to exploit their creative ideas and enhance their formal education, leading to a more satisfying career. My wish is to help future graduates achieve that feeling and enter a professional career with confidence.” - Doug Jose
McEwen Family Internships Office Funding
The McEwen Family Internship Office offers undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for numerous internship awards. These awards have been established through the generous support of McGill alumni and have been designed to assist students pursue meaningful internships to complement their studies.
- Open to: Undergraduate Students enrolled in FAES 200 or FAES 300 Internship course
- Total funding: up to $3000
Enriched Educational Opportunities (EEOs)
Enriched Educational Opportunities (EEOs) are need-based bursaries that offer high quality mobility or work experience opportunities that take place outside of the classroom; they foster self-development and can help students transition successfully to the workplace or graduate studies.
- Open to: Undergraduate Students
- Total funding: TBD
Social Equity Undergraduate Research Awards (SEURA)
The Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts Internship Office (ARIA) and with the Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA) office aim to provide equity training and research opportunities for undergraduate students by allocating funds for them to conduct research involving strong components pertaining to equity, diversity, and social justice, full-time, during summer.
- Open to: Canadian and international McGill students registered in a science undergraduate program
- Total funding: minimum $7000
External Funding Opportunities
There are a variety of external scholarships that may help to fund your academic pursuits.