Apply for Native Student Professional Development program

The Native Student Professional Development Program provides Native American students with the opportunity to attend the TWS Annual Conference, the largest gathering of wildlife professionals in North America. Now in its tenth year, the program is organized by the Native Peoples’ Wildlife Management Working Group of TWS.

The deadline to apply for this year’s program has been extended until July 6, 2017. 2017 program participants will receive a travel grant to attend the TWS Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico from September 23-27, 2017. Candidates must be members of a Native American, First Nations, or Indigenous Tribe, or identify as Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a relevant academic discipline.

Visit for information on how to apply and more program details. Please contact Serra Hoagland,, with any questions.

Header Image: 2016 program participants. Front row (left to right): Paige Schmidt (NSPD mentor and NPWMWG sec/tres), Alana Wilcox, Laura Lagunez, Ashley Archer. Middle row (left to right): Xavier Lovato, Daniel Bird, Brett Charles Stevenson, Bryan Begay, Celina Gray, Jacob Riley, Ty Werdel. Back row (left to right): Serra Hoagland (NSPD Program coordinator, NPWMWG Chair Elect), Talbrett Caramillo, Chase Voirin, Kyle Bobiwash, Grant Real Bird, Harlan Tso. Not pictured: Brissa Christophersen