VIRTUAL STUDENT ACTIVITIES

We’ve created our virtual conference experience with students in mind!

You can expect the same great opportunities to learn and network, so be sure to take advantage of these activities!

NETWORKING

Student-Professional Networking Event
With the explosion of virtual events and networking last year, we are excited to bring back one of our premier networking events in a new format. This year’s Student-Professional Networking Event will take place on the platform Remo. Attendees can access the event right from the main conference platform. Taking place on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. EDT, this is your opportunity to connect with representatives from universities, NGOs, private sectors, state, federal and provincial agencies and more!

Student Chapter Leaders Lunch (by invitation)
This luncheon, organized by the Student Development Working Group, is an opportunity for student leaders from around North America and beyond to connect and share ideas with leaders from other chapters. Participation is limited to three representatives (students and/or advisors) per student chapter. Contact Mariah Beyers with any questions at MSimmons@wildlife.org.

EARS Networking Lounge
Even if you’re at home, there’s no reason to eat alone! Join the Student Development Working Group’s EARS (eating alone really stinks) committee for lunch in this networking lounge any day during the conference. Or pop in at anytime for some casual conversation and networking!

ENGAGEMENT

Native Student Professional Development Program
TWS believes that one of the most effective ways to support Indigenous wildlife students is to give them the opportunity to attend TWS’s annual conference. Up to 10 individuals will be selected to attend this year’s conference as part of the program, which includes complimentary registration, conference mentorship, one-year TWS & NPWMWG membership, stipend for trainings, wildlife career panel discussion, networking events, exclusive workshops, and engagement with TWS leadership.  

Live Sessions Q&As
Symposia, Contributed Oral Presentations and Posters will all be available on-demand for the duration of the conference. But each of those sessions will also have a scheduled Live Q&A at a designated date and time. Few aspects of the conference allow for a more personal face-to-face interaction with fellow attendees. Use these interactions to associate with presenters who share common interests.

Working Group and Associated Meetings
Even in the virtual setting, Working Group and other Associated Meetings are a huge part of the Annual Conference. These are some of the best places to network and engage with professionals in highly specialized areas of focus! Students are welcome and encouraged to sit in on working group meetings of interest to them. What better place to connect with your potential future employer!?

Student Roundtable with the Editors
Join the Editors-in-Chief from each of The Wildlife Society’s three peer-reviewed journals for an engaging two-way discussion on publishing in scientific journals and the future of our very own publications. Don’t miss this chance to gain valuable insights about getting published while contributing ideas that could help shape the landscape of TWS journals for years to come. This roundtable is hosted by Wiley. Pre-registration required.

CAREER PLANNING

Resume Review
Resume Review sessions are back again! Meet with experienced professionals via Zoom to gain valuable and constructive feedback on your resume. 

Navigating a Successful Career Path as a Wildlife Professional
This year’s installment of the popular professional development symposium features new topics, including a presentation by TWS Professional Development Manager Jamila Blake. Specifically designed for students, topics include career pathways, TWS student resources and professional development programs, LGBTQ+ experiences in the wildlife profession and more! 

Careers with Federal Agencies
During this panel discussion, representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, USDA Wildlife Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management will highlight career pathways and experiences in their respective agencies. Attendees will hear first-hand accounts of federal government employment and easily compare and contrast opportunities.This session is a one-stop shop for students, early career professionals or anyone who has an interest in careers with the federal government. 

Workshops & Trainings
Workshops and trainings can be a great place to network and learn at the same time. Participating in these sessions provides opportunities to gain hands-on experience alongside peers and knowledgable professionals alike. They often cover a wide range of skills you’ll need as a professional. And students receive discounted rates!

Please review our guidelines for professional behavior at the conference
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