Travel Grants and Scholarships Available for TWS-WS Members

Travel Grants

Photo by Shay Zanetti – 2018 Annual Meeting Wildlife Slideshow

In pursuit of the objective to encourage high standards of professional achievement, the Western Section has established an honoraria fund to assist our members’ participation in professional meetings, conferences, symposia and other continuing education activities. For more information: http://tws-west.org/grants.php

Early Career Professional Scholarships

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Winners – Rebecca Peterson and Sarah Hockensmith!

The Winning Elevator Speeches:

Rebecca Peterson:  Although I have considered other careers related to wildlife and other animals, being a wildlife biologist has stuck with me since my very first time in the field as an undergraduate. I strongly believe in the pursuit of knowledge and the scientific method as tools to shed light onto how we can better interact with wildlife. I want to be a part of a team that protects ecosystems by preserving keystone species, such as carnivores, and studies their behaviors so that humans may co-exist with them better. I am excited at the prospect of meeting professionals and peers who have the same goals as I do and become part of a team where we can leave a positive impact on our communities. I am excited at the prospect of learning about new developments in the field that give us better data and more insight into wildlife ecology. I am ready to take the next step in finding where I fit in the field of wildlife ecology, and I believe attending the conference will help me discover what the next step is.  (University of California, Santa Cruz Ecology and Evolution, 2016.)

Sarah Hockensmith:  Although I have considered other careers related to wildlife and other animals, being a wildlife biologist has stuck with me since my very first time in the field as an undergraduate. I strongly believe in the pursuit of knowledge and the scientific method as tools to shed light onto how we can better interact with wildlife. I want to be a part of a team that protects ecosystems by preserving keystone species, such as carnivores, and studies their behaviors so that humans may co-exist with them better. I am excited at the prospect of meeting professionals and peers who have the same goals as I do and become part of a team where we can leave a positive impact on our communities. I am excited at the prospect of learning about new developments in the field that give us better data and more insight into wildlife ecology. I am ready to take the next step in finding where I fit in the field of wildlife ecology, and I believe attending the conference will help me discover what the next step is. (CSU Chico BS Natural Resource Management, 2014.)


Five scholarships valued at $500 each are available for Western Section members who have a relevant Bachelor’s Degree but are unemployed, underemployed, or employed outside of the wildlife profession.  We know it’s hard to land that permanent full-time position, and we want to help you advance your career by joining us and the rest of your colleagues at the 2019 Annual Meeting!  Annual Meeting Registration and the Wednesday Breakfast Roundtable are included in the scholarship. You have the freedom to use the remaining scholarship value to cover the costs that fit your needs, whether it’s travel, lodging, or attending other fee-based Annual Meeting events. Applications are due by November 26, 2018. Link to online application

Annual Meeting Scholarships for TWS-WS Members


Congratulations to our 2019 scholarship winners – Sam Sosa and Misty Cain!


The Western Section Annual Meeting is an incomparable opportunity for professional growth, and we want all TWS-WS members to have the chance to attend. For that reason, our Executive Board implemented a new scholarship for Western Section professional members which provides FIVE 2019 Annual Meeting Registrations valued at $370 each.  The scholarship covers the full Annual Meeting registration fee. All scholarship recipients are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs. The scholarship does not include registration for pre-conference events held in the days leading up to the Annual Meeting nor does it cover the optional add-on events.  Applications are due by November 26, 2018.Link to online application

Scholarship for San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Students and Early Career Professionals

Animex Fencing is sponsoring a $1000 scholarship for the 2019 Annual Meeting geared towards San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Students and Early Career Professionals.  The application will be available soon for download from their website.  Applications are due by December 15th.

 

Travel Grants for Southern California Chapter Students and Early Career Professionals

We are pleased to announce that The Southern California Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS SoCal) is again offering an undetermined number of travel awards of up to $1000 each to help qualifying students and early career professionals attend the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA (4-8 February 2019).  Applications are due 16 DECEMBER 2018 by midnight PST.  For more information 

 

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