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Student Activities

The American Ornithological Society hosts a variety of events at annual meetings where students can meet and interact with professional ornithologists and other students. Regular events include socials, mentor programs, professional development workshops, and fun activities such as the student quiz bowl and silent auction. Occasionally, the society organizes other events such as a photo contest, where meeting attendees can submit bird photos for awards. Be sure to check the meeting program for scheduled activities.

We welcome student involvement! If you are a student (undergraduate or graduate) and want to get involved, contact the Chair of the AOS Student Affairs Committee via Please designate the subject line as the following: "AOS Student Affairs - Inquiry Regarding ____".

Silent Auction

Organized by the AOS Student Affairs Committee

The generosity of donors and bidders at the silent auction helps fund future student events at the annual meeting. Meeting attendees bid on various items donated by AOS members and various companies over multiple days at the meeting, and the highest bidder gets the spoils! From jewelry to fine art to books and monographs, we've got it all.

Student-Officer Mixer

Organized by AOS Leadership

An opportunity for students to mix with AOS officers and board members. This reception, with drinks and light refreshments, offer students a chance to meet with professionals in AOS leadership to discuss common research interests, graduate and post-graduate opportunities, job openings, and other matters of interest.

Student-Professional Ornithologist Mentor Program

Organized by the AOS Student Affairs Committee

Pairs students with established ornithologists in the same field to build mentor-mentee relationships. Students choose from a list of professionals who have volunteered for the mentor program, and each professional is subsequently paired with one or two students. Discussion topics are provided to get the conversation rolling—then it is up to the pairings to take it from there! Pairings are made about a month before the annual meeting.

Student-Professional Ornithologist Social

Organized by the AOS Student Affairs Committee

A unique opportunity for students to meet informally with professionals to discuss common research interests. Students and professionals are offered food and drink to network and forge connections with other ornithologists who share their research interests. The high ratio of professionals to students (typically 1:2) offers an unprecedented opportunity for interaction across career stages for both academic and non-academic career paths.

Student Quiz Bowl

Organized by the AOS Student Affairs Committee

An exciting Jeopardy-style quiz bowl that is always one of the most popular events at the annual meeting! Teams of three compete in an initial round of "pub-style" trivia, in which all audience members can form a team and participate. Teams first compete in three rounds of ornithology and bird-influenced pop-culture trivia, with categories ranging from Taxonomy to Avian Anagrams. The top three student teams then compete in a Jeopardy-style round for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Everyone is encouraged to participate, but only student teams can advance to the final round and win prizes and glory.


Organized by the AOS Student Affairs Committee

Professional Development Workshops. These workshops at the annual meeting focus on topics especially relevant to students. Some workshops are meant to pass on information (e.g., how to apply for funding, how to improve presentation skills), while others are training opportunities (e.g., introduction to R programming). Workshop offerings vary from year to year, and student members are encouraged to propose their own workshop ideas.

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