SMEA students find different ways to be active and involved at the University, 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 forming the SMEA Diversity Forum which has helped SMEA initiate many positive changes in the department and organized department-wide discussions on diversity.

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 and curriculum reviews and redesigns, and 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, 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, Prospective Student Visit Day, and other events that arise such as alumni picnics.

Formal Associations 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: Katharine Shelledy
  • Vice President: Amanda Arnold
  • Secretary: Kelsey Rudes
  • Treasurer: Katie Byrnes
  • Social Chair: Marissa Paulling
  • Culture/Career Chair: Lizzy Matteri

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 2020-2021 school year, those representatives are:

Graduate & Professional Student Senate

  • Christina Madonia (second year)
  • Gregory Papp (first year)

Student Representative to Faculty Meetings

  • First year representatives: Rachel Ameen, Abigail Ames
  • Second year representatives: Lindsey Popken, Abigail Keller

College of the Environment Student Advisory Council

  • Abby Rogerson (co-chair)

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