Elizabeth Flaherty earns student chapter advisor award

By David Frey

Elizabeth Flaherty, advisor for the Purdue University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, received the 2020 Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Award. Credit: Courtesy Elizabeth Flaherty

Elizabeth Flaherty, advisor for the Purdue University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, received the 2020 Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Award.

“Dr. Flaherty exhibits a clear passion for all aspects of wildlife from species behavior and physiology to wildlife management techniques,” wrote nominator Amanda Heltzel.

The judges agreed. They noted Flaherty’s efforts to prepare students for the TWS certification program and her success in reaching out to increase diversity in the chapter.

“The winner of the Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Award showed true dedication to the growth of their chapter and the diversity of TWS as a whole,” one judge concluded. Flaherty “demonstrated that with strong mentorship, a good advisor has the ability to help students build a thriving student chapter.”

Flaherty “shows a true dedication to the professional advancement of their students,” another judge said. “I was particularly impressed by [her] efforts to equip their students with a robust toolkit to engage in in the wildlife profession through incorporating aspects of wildlife policy and TWS’s certification into [her] courses. I also appreciated [her] efforts to increase and retain diversity in their chapter and the profession.”

Click here for a complete list of 2020 TWS award winners. For more about this year’s virtual conference, click here.

David Frey is managing editor at The Wildlife Society. Contact him at dfrey@wildlife.org with any questions or comments about his article. Read more of David's articles here.

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