Expand your knowledge, broaden your network and share your perspectives at this year’s conference!
Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, the 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 three different Council Meeting sessions, students have the opportunity to learn more about their Society and experience how it is run. Most parts of the meeting are open to the public and all attendees are welcomed guests during those times.
Whether presenting or browsing, poster sessions are an excellent way to engage both students and professionals, receive or provide feedback, and make lasting connections over common research interests. All presenters, especially students, are encouraged to be at their posters for discussion and questions during refreshment breaks and during designated poster events on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Native Student Professional Development Program
The Wildlife Society and its Native Peoples’ Wildlife Management Working Group (NPWMWG) believe that the Annual Conference is one of the most effective ways to support Indigenous wildlife students. The Native Student Professional Development program, coordinated by the NPWMWG, provides that opportunity to as many as 10 individuals. The program includes complimentary registration, conference mentorship, one-year TWS & NPWMWG membership, stipend for trainings, exclusive sessions, networking events and engagement with TWS leadership.
Student-Professional Networking Event
The Student-Professional Networking Event has become a staple of the Annual Conference for students and professionals alike. Students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from several different employment sectors, as well as specific companies, agencies and organizations looking to hire. All attendees are encouraged to participate in this event!
Student Chapter Leaders Lunch
This luncheon, organized by the Student Development Working Group, provides a forum for student chapter leaders from around North America to connect and share ideas. Due to limited seating, participation is limited to three representatives (students and/or advisors) per student chapter. To RSVP for this event, or for any questions, please contact Mariah Beyers.
Associated Receptions & Networking Events
Associated receptions and networking events offer a fun and relaxed atmosphere that is great for networking with groups you may or may not be familiar with. Hosted receptions will take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings this year, and include the Women of Wildlife Reception, federal agency receptions, numerous alumni receptions and more!
Working Group & Associated 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!
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 snacks and coffee, stop by the resume review table, and check out hundreds of poster presentations.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CAREER PLANNING
If you’re a student or a new professional, be sure to take advantage of a free resume review where experienced professionals can provide constructive feedback. Check the conference schedule for Resume Review hours, and please bring a copy of your resume to participate!
Careers with Federal Agencies
This panel discussion will feature representatives from our federal agency partners, including the U.S. Forest Service, USDA Wildlife Services, the Bureau of Land Management, and USGS. The session will allow for comparison of career opportunities across several federal agencies and provide first-hand accounts from current employees. Students may pose questions to the panelists during a Q&A portion of the event to gain further insights.
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. TWS staff and Certification Review Board Members will be on hand to answer offer guidance. Check the conference schedule for times and location.
Workshops at the TWS Annual Conference are open to students, and for a discounted rate! Workshops can be added to your conference registration. Sign up to learn, network, and gain experience and skills you’ll need as a professional!