Gain knowledge, expand your network of contacts and share your insights at this year’s conference!
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 Albuquerque, 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.
Quiz Bowl Registration opens May 1, 2017. Click here for more details and how to register your team.
Members Activity Center Trade Show
In the MAC, you’ll find our wide variety of exhibitors. Learn about their work, their organizations and be sure to ask for their business cards if you find them to be interesting and/or relevant to your studies. They could be a job lead or a valuable networking contact in the future!
Opening Night Networking Event
As a student you’re sure to make connections at the Opening Night Networking Event. Professionals from universities, agencies, NGOs, consulting firms and other businesses come to this event expecting to engage with you and answer your questions. You might even find a mentor or two during the evening! This year’s event will be held on the Albuquerque Convention Center’s Civic Plaza, a beautiful outdoor venue where you’ll take in the late-summer desert air as you meet new people. Network and socialize while munching traditional Southwest- or American-themed cuisines. This event is scheduled for Sunday night from 7-10 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to make connections that could help you in your pursuit of a wildlife career.
Student Chapter Leaders Lunch
After moving this event from a breakfast to a lunch for the first time last year, we’re again offering student chapter officers and advisors the opportunity to discuss and collaborate on issues important to all student members of TWS. The Student Development Working Group will lead a facilitated discussion as you enjoy lunch. This event is scheduled for Monday from 12-2 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center. 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
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.
Listen to employees from four federal agencies talk about their experiences and learn about career opportunities with them. In addition to last year’s “Careers with” sessions with USFS and Wildlife Services, this year we will also have Careers with USFWS and Careers with BLM.
New! Symposium: Navigating the Path to Professional Success
Last year we featured two new special events for student, the Career Opportunities Panel Discussion and Opening the Door to your Dream Career. This year we are rolling out an entire symposium dedicated to career advice and assistance. Check back for more details when the complete educational and training program is posted this summer.