The Student Affairs Committee and the Local Planning Committee have arranged for many activities and opportunities for students.
The AOS Student Quiz bowl has become a favorite event of many conference goers and attracts hundreds of attendees each year. The Quiz Bowl usually includes a pub trivia round that allows students and non-student professionals to compete and show off their avian knowledge. We then invite the top three student teams to compete in a Jeopardy-style round for bird-themed prizes and glory amongst their peers. No sign up is required—show up to the event in person and have fun!
Student Travel and Presentation Awards
Students, recent graduates, individuals between degree-seeking programs, and Post-docs presenting a poster or oral paper are encouraged to apply for a travel grant from the AOS. Students who are the sole and presenting author of an oral paper are encouraged to apply for the Student Presentation Awards Competition. For specific details, eligibility, and criteria, please click here.
This mixer is a unique opportunity for students to meet informally with professionals to discuss common research interests. Students and professionals are offered food and drink to network and forge connections with other ornithologists who share their research interests. The high ratio of professionals to students (typically 1:2) offers an unprecedented opportunity for interaction across career stages for both academic and non-academic career paths. This event is Friday, 13 April, from 5-7 pm and will include a light supper and cash bar at the Last Territory (be sure to bring your ID). Registration is required to assist us in planning.
We are offering a professional development opportunity by matching students and professionals that share ornithological interests to learn about potential career paths, graduate school opportunities, and research possibilities over lunch in an informal setting. We are seeking professionals to serve as mentors across research areas, career types, and diversity demographics. As you register, please provide your research interests. This event will be held during the lunch hour on Wednesday, 11 April, at the Sundance Cafe; lunches of the students will be supported. Registration is required to assist us in planning and in matching by career and research interests.
Undergraduate Student Symposium
The Scientific Program Committee will organize an Undergraduate Symposium, providing undergraduate students the opportunity to share their research and to encourage a new generation of ornithologists. Presentations will follow the regular 12 min talk with 3 min for questions format. We welcome undergraduate student presenters, who will have the option when submitting their abstract of requesting to be considered as a participant in an Undergraduate Research Symposium. To be eligible for consideration in the Undergraduate Symposium, applicants should be an undergraduate student during the Spring of 2018.
The Student Affairs Committee typically sponsors workshops either before or during annual conferences on topics that are relevant to students. Previous workshops have focused on social media as an outreach tool, oral presentation skills, programming and bioinformatic languages, and career opportunities in ornithology. Make sure to check out the website affiliated with each annual conference to see what student workshops are being offered this year!