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The Student Development Working Group promotes increased student awareness of TWS membership benefits, works to expand knowledge and technical capabilities of student members, and helps prepare student members for professional wildlife careers. The working group facilitates networking between students and experienced TWS members by hosting meetings, workshops, poster sessions, a mentoring program, and a student chapter leaders’ breakfast. The working group also selects the recipient of The Wildlife Society’s Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Award.


  • Read the latest SDWG newsletter (March 2018) – The Student Chronicles – Click here to read it!
  • The Student Development Working Group would like to thank all the nominees that ran for officer positions for the 2017-2018 year. This year we had our highest amount of nominations! We are excited to work with our new group of officers. We look forward to their new ideas for our Working Group!
    • We would like to congratulate our new elected officers:
      Chair Elect: Colleen Hartel
      Secretary: Laken Ganoe
      Treasurer: Brenna Hyzy
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  • The Student-Research-in-Progress poster session at the TWS Annual Conference
  • The Student Leader’s Breakfast at the TWS Annual Conference
  • Student Mentoring at the TWS Annual Conference
  • Judging the student posters and presentations at the TWS Annual Conference
  • Selecting the Student Chapter Advisor of the Year