SMEA students find different ways to be active and involved at the University, College of the Environment, SMEA, and in the greater community.

Our students are active volunteers with local marine related organizations and events, such as The Orca Bowl, the annual Seattle Aquarium Discover Science Weekend, beach clean ups, and more.

SMEA students also arrange and participate in many less formal activities.

Examples include weekly happy hours, documentary film screenings, and intramural teams.

SMEA’s faculty value the students’ perspectives and want students to feel invested and involved, and not just in social activities.

SMEA students have been members of faculty hiring committees, curriculum reviews and redesigns, curriculum committees, and admission committees. Every year students serve as class representatives to the monthly faculty meetings to provide the students body’s voice to the faculty and to bring news and information back to the students.

SMEA students were also instrumental in the creation of the SMEA Diversity Forum, and more recently the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee, which has helped SMEA initiate many positive changes in the department and organized department-wide discussions on diversity.

SMEA, as a school, actively seeks out student participation in planning school events.

Students are regularly involved in planning and carrying out the annual holiday party, Admitted Student Visit Day, and other events that arise such as alumni picnics.

Formal Associations, Committees and UW Activities

Student Environmental Affairs Society (SEAS)

The SMEA students’ primary registered student organization is called Student Environmental Affairs Society (or SEAS) which is focused on “private sector, academic, and government professionals and students dedicated to actively addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships, and promoting communication and education.”

SEAS hosts several professional networking events a year (“Blue Drinks”), participates in service projects, and organizes documentary film screening events to review and discuss movies related to marine and environmental affairs topics. SEAS also offers an excellent opportunity for students to engage in a professional environment and learn about potential career fields.

  • President: Staci McMahon
  • Vice President: Tanya Eison
  • Secretary: Kelsey Rudes
  • Treasurer: Robinson Low

Student Representatives

SMEA students sit on a variety of School, College and University Organizations in order to represent the interests of SMEA. Each class at SMEA gets a representative (and sometimes an alternate) for each organization. For the 2021-2022 school year, those representatives are:

Graduate & Professional Student Senate

  • TBD (second year)
  • TBD (first year)

Student Representative to SMEA Faculty Meetings

  • First year representatives: TBD, TBD
  • Second year representatives: Rachel Ameen, TBD

College of the Environment Student Advisory Council

  • Gabi Carr

College of the Environment Student Academic Grievance Committee

  • TBD

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