Texas A&M University-Kingsville took home the 2018 Student Chapter of the Year award at this year’s annual TWS conference in Cleveland.
Student chapters that actively and effectively help The Wildlife Society achieve its goals are recognized with the award. These chapters are also important in strengthening the Society’s membership recruitment and retention efforts.
The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Student Chapter helped The Wildlife Society meet its goals of promoting professional standards for wildlife research, education and management. In particular, it helped educate wildlife students and educators about the TWS certification program.
The chapter developed a list of courses that Texas A&M University-Kingsville students could take in order to become certified. It also included links to the approved courses for certification on The Wildlife Society’s website and on the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s website. The chapter also invited guest speakers to its regular meetings who often talked about the importance of certification. Some of those speakers included game wardens, taxidermists, professors, lecturers and graduate students.
As part of the award, the student chapter, led by President Kelley Wood, received a $1,000 travel grant that helped members attend the annual TWS conference in Cleveland. They also received a special certificate at the awards ceremony in Cleveland. Their names will be added to a permanent plaque on display at The Wildlife Society’s headquarters.
|Dana Kobilinsky is associate editor at The Wildlife Society. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments about her article. You can follow her on Twitter at @DanaKobi.|
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