An AOS student member bands a bird.

AOS provides many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in ornithology! As an AOS Student Member, you can:

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!

Events

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 new AOS Member Portal.

SAC Webinar Series Subcommittee
Maina Handmaker, Teresa Pegan, Vijay Ramesh, José Ramírez-Garofalo, and Jennifer Uehling

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Navigating Permits | Friday, 21 October from 1pm–2pm (ET)

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. We will be joined by a panel of five experts who will answer your questions about how to navigate the permit process. Our panelists will include 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!

PAST WEBINARS

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 Principals 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.



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