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Understanding Your Membership


FAQ 1: Who is eligible to be a member of SEEDS?

  • Researchers, teachers, parents, administrators, or community members who believe that transformative approaches to science (STEM/STEAM) education involve the active participation of all students in culturally and socially meaningful and contextually authentic learning.

FAQ 2: What do I need to do to become a SEEDS member?

  • Simply visit this page and pay the membership fee through our online payment portal. 

FAQ 3: What is the cost of membership?

  • $25

FAQ 4: What is the membership cycle?

      • For current members who joined anytime during 2021, your membership will remain active until August 1, 2021. If you wish to continue a SEEDS member, you will need to renew your membership at that time. 
      • For new members who join after December 10, 2021, the annual renewal cycle will be based on the date you complete a membership form and payment. 

FAQ 5: Can I be involved a committee without being a member?

  • No, membership is required for committee participation. One benefit of serving on a SEEDS committee includes waiving any fees connected to the annual conference registration. 

FAQ 6: Can I cancel my membership during the year and receive a refund?

  • No. Membership is non-refundable.

FAQ 7: How can I update my contact information?

FAQ 8: I see all the membership levels are the same (except the K12 students). Why should I choose a level?

    • Choosing the appropriate level will help the SEEDS community know each other, make connections, and hopefully foster generative collaborations.

FAQ 9: What the descriptions of each membership level?

    • Undergraduate student: Anyone who is enrolled in a part-time or full-time four-year undergraduate program or a two-year college
    • Graduate Student: Anyone who is enrolled in a full-time or part-time graduate program (e.g., masters or doctoral program)
    • Precariously Employed: anyone who is in-between employment positions, working on a short-term (i.e., 6 months or less) contract-based agreement at the time of becoming a member. This may include positions such as an adjunct or sessional instructor/lecturer/professor. 
    • K12 Teacher: Anyone who teachers in a K12 school as a part-time or full-time employee
    • Non-Profit Professional: anyone who works in a non-profit organization (e.g., museum)
    • Post-Doctoral Fellow: Anyone who is employed in a full-time postdoctoral position
    • Professors (all ranks and types): anyone who is employed full-time under the title of professor (e.g., tenure-track, clinical, teaching, or research tracks)

FAQ 10: I do not exactly fit in any of these levels or I fit in more than one category. What should I do?

    • The purpose of the membership levels is for the community to know each other and make networking easier. Therefore we encourage you to choose the level that you think would serve this purpose best. Additionally, we are always open to expanding, or better differentiating these levels as appropriate. Please feel free to share your feedback with us. 

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