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Early Professional Activities and Awards

AOS has a strong history of supporting students and early-career professionals (individuals up to 5 years post-degree).

Two early professional awards are presented annually at the society meeting to outstanding early-career professionals. Awardees show tremendous promise in ornithology, as evidenced by the success of previous recipients (read about recipients of the Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award and James G. Cooper Young Professional Award).

The 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 generally their identity as ornithologists. Participants are selected based on their eligibility and a short application for the mini-talk symposium (contact committe chair, Sara Kaiser, via Please designate the subject line as the following: "AOS Early Professionals - Inquiry Regarding ____"). Participation in the Mini-Talk Symposium does not preclude presenters from also submitting an abstract for the general session. View Presentation Guidelines.

Immediately following the symposium, AOS hosts a social event for all early professionals, including those who did not present during the symposium. Early professionals 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.

For more information on activities or to get involved in the Early Professionals committee, contact committe chair, Sara Kaiser, via Please designate the subject line as the following: "AOS Early Professionals - Inquiry Regarding ____"

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