Penn State Wildlife Society Attended National Conference

Posted: November 18, 2013

Held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the conference was an amazing opportunity for all who attended and was very useful for the students to develop professionally as well as gain ideas to make the Penn State Student Chapter even better.

The Penn State Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society sent seven of its members, which included three officers, to the National Conference of The Wildlife Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from October 5-10, 2013.  The trip was made possible by a number of funding sources including the College of Agricultural Sciences and the University Park Allocation Committee.

During the conference, four of the members represented Penn State in the annual Quiz Bowl competition but lost to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the first round.  One student presented a research poster at the Undergraduate Research poster session, one submitted wildlife photography in the Photography Contest, and four met with prospective professors about graduate school during the conference. All the members attended symposia and networked throughout the week on various issues and on-going research.  The topics ranged from moose, elk, wolves, and sage grouse to spatial ecology and improving student chapters.  Networking opportunities included a Student-Professional Mixer where professionals were available to talk to students about their careers and other opportunities and a Student Leaders Breakfast where officers from other student chapters could discuss their clubs and exchange ideas as well as gain advice.

The chapter was very fortunate to send several  members, who are looking forward to the conference next year in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Pennsylvania State University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, meets in the Forest Resources Building, here on campus.

For more information, send questions to Robert J Ritson Jr., Secretary, Penn State Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, or Sara Mueller, Wildlife & Fisheries Science.