We have once more reached the time of year when we are seeking student council members for the upcoming council term. We are seeking 1 student representative elect and 3 student council members

If you have been looking to get more engaged with the society, this is your chance to do so. Even if you are unsure about applying, please feel free to reach out with any questions or just to chat about the roles.

The descriptions for these positions are given below. Please read them carefully to decide which position may be of interest to you.


Society for Economic Botany – Student Representative-elect (1)

June 2021 – June 2023

The student representative-elect serves a two-year term for the Society for Economic Botany; the first is spent as the vice president of the student council and the second as the president and as a member on the SEB Council, where they hold voting rights.This position is elected by the student population.

The student representative is responsible for spearheading student initiatives throughout their term, and during their first year when they are the vice president of the student council, they are expected to support the outgoing student representative in these duties. The second year of the term involves stepping into the role of student representative and leading the student council, while another election will be held to determine the subsequent student representative elect. At the annual meeting, they are also responsible for organizing a student social event, and for presenting a summary of the student council’s activities during their term. In addition, the student representative runs the nomination and selection process for the annual Charles B. Heiser mentor award.

Though this position offers a very enriching opportunity, it also represents a more significant time commitment than the student council positions. Please consider your willingness and ability to work these positions along with your other obligations when applying.


Society for Economic Botany – Student council members (4)

June 2021 – June 2023

Student council members serve two-year terms and provide support to the student representative and student representative elect. These positions are selected by the student representative and representative elect with the aim of allowing students who have not previously held the roles to have a turn.

Their regular duties involve maintaining the council’s social media pages and blog as well as stepping in to help with the organization of student events and initiatives when requested. Student council members are also usually asked to serve on the selection panel for the Charles B. Heiser mentor award.


The student representative elect position is open to currently enrolled Masters and PhD students

For this position, please send a one-page résumé as well as a 300-word cover letter that speaks to your qualifications for this position and what you hope to achieve as the student representative. Make sure your name and institutional affiliation as clearly listed. Please note that the text from this cover letter will be shared with the student body when it comes time to vote.

The student councillor positions are open to currently enrolled undergraduatemastersor PhD students.

For these positions, please send a 300-word text including what you would bring to the council in this role as well as your educational history and interests within the field of economic botany. Please ensure that you include your institutional affiliation and current level of study.

Submissions should be sent to the student representative Karsten Fatur ( with all necessary documents attached.

The deadline for this application is 30 April 2021. After this point, the student representative will contact those who have been selected for the student councillor positions. For those applying for the student representative elect position, an election will be held soon after this date via the SEB emails; the successful candidate will be first contacted by the student representative and the publicly announced through the SEB emails.

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