We are once again providing opportunities for undergraduate or graduate forestry or natural resource students to attend our conference.  Thanks to several SFI Program Participants and partners, SFI is able to provide support for several student scholarships to attend. The scholarship would cover registration, 2-night hotel stay, meals, and up to a $100 travel stipend. In return for the scholarship, we encourage students to bring some aspect of the SFI conference back to their school – e.g., an article for a school newsletter, a presentation to a class or student forum, blog post, etc.

Any students interested in a scholarship to the SFI 2016 conference should send an email to Rocco Saracina. Each student should provide the following information:

  1. Student name
  2. School name
  3. Degree being pursued and any specialization (also degree level, Bachelors, Masters, etc.)
  4. What aspect of the SFI annual conference is of particular interest (e.g., certain subject areas, sessions, speakers, or past examples of topics covered)?

If you have any questions please contact Rocco by email at rocco.saracina@sfiprogram.org or by phone at 202-596-3459.


Past Experiences

“It was a great experience. I was able to further understand how forest certification works, while making good contacts in the process. It was extremely helpful to have assigned mentors.”

— Jasmine Slater, University of Toronto, Masters in Forestry
     Student participant at 2014 SFI annual conference.

Thank you for everything at the conference from the networking opportunities to the hospitality. We had a great time.

— Hina Alam, University of Toronto, Masters in Forest Conservation
Student participant at 2014 SFI annual conference.


"SFI Conference was an excellent place to network with various forest stakeholders. Forests should remain healthy and productive to maintain the resilience of the social-ecological system — forest certification plays a significant role here. It is also important to gap the divide between people and nature. I had only learned about forest certification and sustainablity in my Ecosystem Stewardship class Through this conference, I understood how these concepts were being applied in the real world by various organizations."

Shruthi, Texas A&M University Student
     Student participant at 2013 SFI annual conference.

Read Rocco's blog about the 2014 participants: As Diverse as the World's Forests

Read Rocco's blog about the 2015 participants: Celebrating the Past, Looking Towards the Future