New initiative will increase global student participation at conference

Dream Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park Credit: Mariah Beyers

The Wildlife Society launched its first ever Virtual Student Engagement Initiative this year in an effort to increase student participation in the annual conference.

One of the goals of the initiative is for all 146 TWS student chapters, which span across the U.S., Canada and Norway, to be represented at the virtual event.

As part of the initiative, with support from TWS sections, chapters and working groups, the Society was able to offer one free conference registration to every student chapter, which will help them reach that goal.

“Our student chapters do so much great work in their communities,” said Mariah Beyers, TWS Unit Services Manager. “I see great discussions take place when student chapters connect, but to my knowledge, we’ve never been able to gather all of them in one place and increase those connections. Fortunately, the virtual conference provides us with a unique and exciting opportunity to do so.”

Cameron Kovach, TWS Director of Operations, is grateful to the organization units that supported this year’s Virtual Student Engagement Initiative. “We’re so appreciative of the positive response and energy behind making this year’s conference not only accessible, but a welcome environment for the next generation of wildlife professionals.”

This year’s conference boasts numerous student activities, including the return of the Student Chapter Leaders Lunch. The luncheon, organized by the Student Development Working Group, provides an opportunity for student leaders to connect and share ideas with leaders from other chapters.

For more information on TWS’ Virtual Student Engagement Initiative click here.


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