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 23rd 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.
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 receive cash prizes!
Student-Professional Networking Event
The Student-Professional Networking Event has become a staple of the Annual Conference for students and professionals alike. All attendees are encouraged to participate in the event, where you’ll get out of your comfort zone and make new contacts!
Student Chapter Leaders Lunch
This luncheon, organized by the Student Development Working Group, is an opportunity for student leaders from around North America to connect and share ideas with leaders from other chapters. No RSVP is required, but due to limited seating, participation is limited to three representatives (students and/or advisors) per student chapter. Contact Mariah Simmons with any questions at MSimmons@wildlife.org.
Associated Networking Receptions
Associated networking events and receptions 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 and 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 refreshments, stop by the resume review table, and check out hundreds of poster presentations.
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 research of undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students. Students are encouraged to stand by their posters for discussion and questions during refreshment breaks and during designated poster events.
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. Check the conference schedule for Resume Review hours, and please bring a copy of your resume to participate!
Navigating the Path to Professional Success
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 all-encompassing panel discussion will feature representatives from our federal agency partners, including the U.S. Forest Service, USDA Wildlife Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. Through this session, students can easily compare and contrast career opportunities across several federal agencies and hear first-hand experiences from current employees.
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 questions. Check the conference schedule for times and location.
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!