AOS provides many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in ornithology! As an AOS Student Member, you can:
- Apply for small grants (up to $2,500) to fund your research
- Attend the SAC Webinar Series events (see Events below)
- Apply for travel funding to help you attend our annual meeting
- Compete for a Student Presentation Award at the annual meeting
- Participate in the many student-specific activities at the meeting, such as the annual student-mentor lunch
- Serve on the AOS Student Affairs Committee to make your voice heard in the Society
- Work with your advisor to review a paper for an AOS journal
If you have not previously been an AOS member, you may also be eligible to apply for a year of free membership via a Student Membership Award. AOS is a diverse, global network of empowered professionals, working together to advance the scientific study and conservation of birds—join us today!
Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Webinar Series
Bookmark this page for upcoming event announcements. Our professional development events are open to current AOS members. You can join or renew your membership in the AOS Member Portal.
SAC Webinar Series Subcommittee
Lyn Brown, Stephanie Gaspar, Maina Handmaker, Teresa Pegan, José Ramírez-Garofalo, Tara Rodkey, Kristen Rosamond, Jennifer Uehling
Refine Your Resume for Ornithology Jobs Outside of Academia
Thursday, 30 November from 9:30–10:30 a.m. (ET)
Preparing a sparkling resume can be a daunting hurdle in the job search process given the varying skills prioritized by government, private sector, and non-profit organizations. We will be joined by a panel of five experts who will answer your questions about how to sharpen your resume for job applications. Our panelists will include Nick Bartok (Western Ecosystem Technologies), Kevin Holcomb (USFWS), Marnie Pepper (USDA Wildlife Services), Kelsey Rumley (World Bird Sanctuary), and Abby Sterling (Manomet).
This professional development event is open to current AOS members. You can join or renew your membership in the AOS Member Portal.
Webinar: Avian Chemosensation Webinar (video link coming soon!)
Participants in the webinar learned about the diversity of olfactory and taste receptors in birds, as well as how they use the sense of smell to communicate! Robert Driver moderated a series of short talks from Julia Cramer (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology), Haoran Luo (Xiamen University), and Leanne Grieves (McMaster University) on the unique sensory adaptations of birds.
Webinar: Manakin Mini Symposium (view video at link)
In this “Manakin Mini Symposium,” learn about manakins, a group of birds with elaborate and athletic courtship displays! Robert Driver moderated a series of short talks with manakin researchers, Camilo Alfonso, Lia Kajiki, and Kira Long, on different areas of manakin research, including physiology, evolution, and ecology, and showcased the work that stems from the collaborative National Science Foundation (NSF) Manakin Research Coordination Network. Whether you’re passionate about manakins or want to learn more about building a collaborative research network for another taxonomic group, we hope you’ll enjoy this first webinar of 2023!
Moderator: Robert Driver, Ph.D., East Carolina University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University; Manakin Research Network
Presenters: Camilo Alfonso, Virginia Tech; Lia Kajiki, University of Brasilia; Kira Long, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Webinar: Navigating Permits (view video at link)
To legally and ethically study birds in the lab or the field, we need permits! But the process of figuring out how to apply for these permits can be daunting. Five experts answered questions about how to navigate the permit process. Our panelists included Breda Zimkus (Museum of Comparative Zoology), Carla Cicero (Museum of Vertebrate Zoology), Christopher Milensky (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History), John Bates (Field Museum), and Laura Bies (Ornithological Council). Our panelists have extensive experience with U.S. and international permits needed for field work, sample collection, and sample transportation. Their expertise has relevance for anyone doing physical research on birds, not only those affiliated with natural history museums!
Webinar: Careers Beyond Academia (view video at link)
Four panelists from a variety of careers outside of academia engaged in a panel discussion followed by breakout rooms to facilitate conversations between attendees and panelists in smaller group settings. This webinar was a complement to the workshop that took place at this year’s in-person AOS & BC 2022 meeting in Puerto Rico, “Fledging the Nest: Non-academic Research and Conservation Careers for Students.” If you were unable to attend this year’s in-person meeting, this was an opportunity to learn about this topic in a virtual setting and benefit from the knowledge of AOS members with careers outside of academia!
Webinar: Design Principles for Making Publication-Ready Figures (view video at link)
Dr. Stepfanie Aguillon, Stanford Science Fellow and winner of the 2022 James G. Cooper Early Professional Award, led this workshop. From Stepfanie: “Figures are arguably the most important part of any manuscript or presentation, so it is vital that your audience can easily understand the messages you’re trying to convey. This workshop focused on the basic design principles that will help you communicate as clearly, accurately, and efficiently as possible in your figures.” Learn more about making effective figures – just in time for planning your presentation for the AOS & BC 2022 Conference in June!
Webinar: How to Review Manuscripts for AOS Journals (view video at link)
This webinar, held on 23 February 2022, focused on strategies for reviewing manuscripts for the AOS journals, Ornithology and Ornithological Applications. Our event featured a panel discussion with the current journal editors, who offered advice on how students can become reviewers for AOS’s ornithological journals and how to review manuscripts in a critical but helpful manner for the authors.
- Become a graduate student reviewer for AOS journals
- AAAS Careers in STEM
- Guide to Graduate Studies in Ornithology in North America (Wilson Ornithological Society)
- Careers in the Biological Sciences (AIBS)
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine Career Guides
- Scholarly Kitchen Blog Post: Navigating Your Career in Publishing: Introducing the SSP Professional Skills Map
Student Funding Opportunities
- Ornithology Exchange Grants & Awards Database
- American Museum of Natural History Ornithology Grants
- Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grants
- Ecological Society of America Funding and Grants
- International Foundation for Science Research Grants
- Miller Research Fellowships
- National Geographic Grant Opportunities
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
- Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program
- Society for the Study of Evolution Awards & Prizes
Jobs and Internships
- Ornithology Exchange Job Board
- AAAS Science Careers
- “Where do you look for academic jobs in ecology?”
- Ecological Society of America Job Board
- Environmental Career Opportunities
- Society for Conservation Biology Jobs Board
- Society for the Study of Evolution Career Opportunities
- Texas A & M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board
- The Wildlife Society Career Center
- Conservation Job Board
- WorkCabin Canada’s Conservation Jobs Board