SER’s Student Association Program enables students to come together and connect with both budding and seasoned restoration professionals in SER’s global community.
Organized and run entirely by the students themselves, student associations provide a means for students to organize hands-on activities in their own communities and pursue professional development opportunities.
SER student associations have organized a variety of activities, including volunteer and social events, native plant sales, restoration projects, workshops, roundtable discussions, career fairs, fundraising activities and more. Additionally, many SER Chapters provide special rates for students and student positions within their leadership structure as well as access to experts in their region and opportunities to participate in Chapter conferences and activities.
The SER student association program was established in 2007 and has since grown to include active student groups throughout the US and Canada. The program is not limited to US institutions, however, and can be formed by a motivated student group from anywhere in the world.
How to Form a Student Association
Student associations are officially recognized within SER but operate under the rules that govern student organizations at their academic institutions. Each student association pays a $160 USD annual fee to SER to receive a variety of benefits including:
Expectations of Student Associations
- Free memberships for ALL the students who join your association (regular fee for student members is $25).
- Free membership for the faculty advisor (normally $50)
- Subscription to SERNews, SER’s bi-monthly member-only newsletter, access to job and internship opportunities via SER’s Career Center, conference discounts, official recognition by SER, free promotional materials and more.
- Networking and participation benefits for all student association members.
Student Associations should be active and participatory members of the Society and its Chapters:
- Student associations must identify student leaders upon joining (and renewing) and are expected to have an organized leadership structure.
- Student associations are expected to hold regular meetings.
- Student associations and their members should try to participate in international and regional conference and events of the Society.
- Each student association is encouraged to create bylaws and guiding documents upon formation.
- Student associations are encouraged to participate in discussions with other student associations through the tools provided by SER (e.g., yearly teleconferences, community discussions, in-person meetings at international conferences, etc.)
- Student association members are encouraged to become involved in SER leadership, Chapter leadership, and World Conference planning and coordination as opportunities arise.
For more information on the benefits of becoming an SER student association, and step-by-step instructions on how to start your own, please download SER’s Student Association Information Packet.
For more information on SER's Student Association Program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 299-9518.