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Student Activities

The American Ornithological Society hosts a variety of events at our annual meeting 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 use the subject line "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-Mentor Lunch

Organized by the AOS Student Affairs Committee

Students are matched professionals who share their interests and have an opportunity to discuss grad school, career opportunites, and more over lunch. AOS subsidizes the cost of the lunch for students.

Students, Early Professionals, & Professionals Networking Social

Organized by the AOS Student Affairs Committee

A unique opportunity for students to meet informally with professionals at all career stages 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.

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