Gain knowledge, expand your network of contacts and share your insights at this year’s conference!
Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, the 21st annual student Quiz Bowl promises plenty of fun and good, friendly competition. Test your wildlife knowledge and cheer on your school or favorite team. Sign up or find out more here.
Annual Members Meeting
Students make up roughly a quarter of TWS members across North America, and nearly half of Annual Conference Attendees. By attending special meetings and Society-wide events such as the Annual Members Meeting, you can give a voice to the next generation of wildlife professionals.
TWS Council Meeting
Attending a TWS Council Meeting is a must for any student who wishes to become a future leader in the Society. With Council meetings on three different days in Cleveland, students have the opportunity to learn more about their Society and experience how it is run. The meeting is open to the public and all attendees are welcomed guests.
Wildlife Photo Gallery & Contest
If you’re a photographer or just have great photos from the field, the Wildlife Photo Gallery & Contest is the place to show them off! Conference attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite photos in the People’s Choice category as they stroll the gallery. Winners will receive a cash prize!
Student-Professional Networking Event
Our Student-Professional Networking Event is back! All attendees are encouraged to participate in the Tuesday evening event that will help you make new contacts and celebrate a quarter-century of TWS Annual Conferences!
Student Chapter Leaders Lunch
The lunch program will include an introduction of the Student Development Working Group officers and discussion of the working group’s objectives. The Student Chapter of the Year and Advisor of the Year will be recognized, and student leaders will have a chance to talk to leaders from other chapters about what their club is doing and what goals they have for the coming year. No RSVP is required, but seating is limited and only three representatives (students and/or advisors) per student chapter may attend. Contact Mariah Simmons with any questions at MSimmons@wildlife.org.
Associated Networking Receptions
Associated networking receptions offer a fun and relaxed atmosphere that is great for networking with groups you may or may not be familiar with. Join us on Wednesday evening for the Women of Wildlife Reception, federal agency receptions, numerous alumni receptions and more!
Working Group Meetings
Attend TWS Working Group Meetings! Students are welcome and encouraged to sit in on meetings of groups that interest them. It’s great way to connect with professionals in fields you may wish to enter after graduation. And don’t forget about the All Working Groups Meeting, Student Chapter Advisors’ Meeting, and Section and Chapters Collaboration Meetings!
Working Group Information Booth
Continuing a new feature of last year’s conference, the Working Group Information Booth will return this year in the Members Activity Center. Stop by for information, “swag” and to find out what many of our TWS Working Groups are all about!
Members Activity Center
Join peers and professionals in the Members Activity Center between sessions and during refreshment breaks. This is a great place to meet, network and relax during the day. Visit exhibitors, enjoy refreshments, stop by the resume review table, and check out dozens of poster presentations each day.
Incorporating Student Research in Progress posters into the daily contributed poster sessions this year will allow for further professional input and feedback for students. Check out posters in the areas of wildlife science, management, conservation, education, human dimensions, or policy by undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students. Students are encouraged to stand by their posters for discussion and questions during refreshment breaks on their respective presentation days.
If you’re a student or a new professional, be sure to take advantage of a resume review where experienced professionals can provide constructive feedback. Reviewers will be available Monday-Wednesday. Please bring a copy of your resume to participate in this opportunity.
Strategies for Success: Professional Development for Students and New Professionals
This professional development symposium is designed specifically for students and new professionals. Don’t miss advice from these established professionals on topics such as resumes and interviews, involvement in professional societies, career paths in different sectors, networking, and more!
Careers with Federal Agencies
This year, we’ve combined this session into one, all-encompassing panel so students can easily compare and contrast careers in several federal agencies. You’ll hear first-hand experiences and learn about career opportunities with USDA Forest Service, USDA Wildlife Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.
Certification Application Assistance
If you’re qualified to become an Associate Wildlife Biologist, but are having trouble with your application, or need help getting started, stop by the Certification Application Assistance session on Monday afternoon. TWS staff and Certification Review Board Members will be on hand to answer questions.
Workshops at the TWS Annual Conference are open to students! And for a discounted rate! Sign up to learn, network, and gain experience and skills you’ll need as a professional!