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Early Professional Activities

AOS has a strong history of supporting students and early-career professionals (individuals up to five years post-degree).

The AOS Early Professionals Committee hosts a special Early Professionals Mini-Talk Symposium at the annual meeting to highlight exciting research performed by early professionals who are currently on the academic job market or seeking research positions with governmental agencies or non-governmental organizations. During this lively and fast-paced event, participants will have three minutes and a maximum of six slides to showcase their recent research advances, the techniques they employ, the future directions their research will take, and their identity as ornithologists. Participants are selected based on their eligibility and a short application for the mini-talk symposium. Participation in the Mini-Talk Symposium does not preclude presenters from also submitting an abstract for the general session. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Kaiser, Early Professionals Committee Chair via and use the subject line "AOS Early Professionals - Inquiry Regarding ____."

AOS hosts an annual social-networking event for ornithologists at all career stages. Early professionals have the opportunity mingle with each other and with senior scientists from academia, government agencies, non-govermental agencies, and the private sector. This informal event allows those in the beginning stages of their careers to receive advice and guidance from senior scientists, as well as to network with their fellow early professional colleagues.

Professional development workshops at the annual meeting focus on topics especially relevant to early professionals as well as 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 early professionals are encouraged to propose their own workshop ideas.

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