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About Student Membership
WDA Student members must be:
1) enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate student program at least half-time, or 2) be participating full-time in an internship or residency program which is approved for credit towards board certification or graduate degree.
  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

October 2016:

UK Student Symposium

At the end of October, 99 students attended a “Working with Wildlife” conference in London organised by the UK’s EWDA reps. This number more than exceeded their hopes, and is a great sign of just how much interest there is in this field. Undoubtedly, numbers were boosted by the quality of the speakers that were recruited for the day. Given a brief to inspire their audience with a breadth of topics, these speakers did a fine job of keeping the students interested through over five hours of talks. The lectures complemented each other well, and common themes were soon emerging: the importance of being a naturalist, making a memorable impression on placements through being pleasant (more critical than knowing everything!), and how welcoming the wildlife health community really is.

Recent past EWDA president Lisa Yon gave a comprehensive overview of the Wildlife Disease Association and its divisions, mirrored by a talk from the student perspective on recent experiences at both the 2016 international conference, and the 2015 EWDA student workshop. Six themed lectures covered surveillance (Alex Barlow), pathology (Vic Simpson), marine strandings (Rob Deaville), citizen science (Becki Lawson), wildlife health in practice (Anna Meredith), and wildlife health policy (Ruth Cromie), all talks generating plenty of interest. Buried amongst these sessions, a discussion session offered the group to quiz the panel on the nature of working in wildlife health, career opportunities, and the variety of paths available.

A good crowd made it out to a local pub to round the day off including a number of the invited speakers, allowing for discussions to carry on into the night. The organisers are grateful to all who helped make this day a success. Enthusiasm levels were high, and a follow up meeting in 2017 is already being discussed.


  



June 2016:

University of Georgia Student Chapter of the 

        Wildlife Disease Association

5th annual Student Research Symposium


 

Program and abstracts from the UGA WDA Student Research Symposium can be found here:

Link: UGA 2016 Symposium Program and Abstracts


     

      

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Education and Student Opportunities

The WDA has a long history of strongly promoting and supporting students in their educational goals involving wildlife health issues. The Wildlife Disease Association offers a scholarship and three awards to encourage student participation in the Association and our annual conference.

  • Wildlife Disease Association Scholarship: Awarded annually to a student who is pursuing a master's or doctoral degree specializing in research on wildlife disease. 
  • Wildlife Disease Graduate Student Research Recognition Award: Awarded annually to the student judged to have the best research project in the field of wildlife disease. 
  • Terry Amundson Student Presentation Award: Awarded annually acknowledging the most outstanding oral presentation of research findings at the WDA annual international conference. 
  • WDA Student Poster Competition: Awarded annually acknowledging the most outstanding poster presentation of research findings at the WDA annual international conference. 

For more detailed information on these awards and list of recipients, please click here.


Student Career Choices

Scientists approach the problem of disease in wildlife populations from all angles. While the diversity enables students to pursue their own special interests within the wildlife disease world, it can make choosing a career path somewhat daunting. It is our hope that the WDA can help in choosing that path. For more information on this topic, please click here.


Student Mentorships

AAZV/WDA Mentorship Program Opportunities are available to WDA Students. Please click here for more information.


Student Activities

Student Mixer: Each year, a student mixer is held one evening during the WDA annual international conference. This provides students the opportunity to identify and meet one another in a relaxed social atmosphere. This is an occasion for exchanging stories about research, giving and receiving advice about degree programs and professors, asking questions, sharing experiences, and of course drinking and eating! So keep an eye out for the Student Mixer in the Conference Program.


Student on Council: The student on council serves a two-year term and is an active part of the WDA council. This student attends all council meetings held at WDA annual international conferences as well as taking part in teleconferences and email discussions and planning throughout the year. The student on council is also the Chair of the Student Activities Committee and ensures that students' interests are well represented within WDA. Students are elected to this position, along with the other members of council, by by e-mail or mail ballot. This position is an excellent opportunity to interact with other WDA members, learn how a professional organization is run, and become a part of all the planning and hard work that goes in to making the WDA a great association.

Students in Volunteer Roles: Students now serve on most committees of the Wildlife Disease Association.

The organizing committees of some annual conferences have scheduled student/mentor sessions where they pair student members with experienced members for an exchange of ideas.

Funds raised at the annual auction that occurs at the Association and some Section conferences often are directed to support student activities.

 

Student Chapters of the WDA

Information on how to start a student chapter as well as information on existing student chapters.