Student events in Milwaukee!

Looking for fun sessions to attend where you can meet other students at the 2008 ESA meeting in Milwaukee? Check out this link for a fantastic set of student-focused events at the 2008 annual meeting.

Below you will find a list of events of interest to students, many of which are sponsored by the ESA Student Section. If you have any questions or would like to include other sessions on this list, please e-mail Jenny Talbot (jtalbot@uci.edu) with the subject line, "2008 student events".

***NOTE: Students can attend all workshops and sessions FREE OF COST if you do not want to eat the food provided at the session. For the Diversity Luncheon, participants who do not wish to eat will need a “no food” ticket, which is free of charge and available at the registration desk. There is roundtable seating for those who eat (the food is supposed to be yummy this year), and theater style for those who don’t. Tickets for all other workshops and special sessions, including the Student Mixer, can be purchased at the registration desk***

Student Section sponsored events

Student EcoFilm Awards (SEAs) Festival: The Student EcoFilm Awards (SEAs) Festival is the first-ever ESA festival designed to honor outstanding student contributions to ecological science through film. There will be a two-hour film festival at the 2008 ESA annual meeting in Milwaukee, where we will present the best student ecology films.
SEAs festival: Monday, August 4th 2008; 8 -10pm; 202 A, Midwest Airlines Center.

Student Mixer: Come enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment with your fellow ecology students! We will be announcing the winners of the SEA’s contest and the Outstanding Student Research in Ecology awards.
Monday, August 4, 2008; 6:30 PM-8:00 PM; Grand Ballroom, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Student business meeting and pizza lunch, with details on the membership poster contest: Tuesday, August 5, 2008; 12:00 PM-1:30 PM; 101 CD, Midwest Airlines Center

Student Section sponsored sessions

Communicating Science: Reaching out, speaking up and understanding how to go about it
Organizer: Marguerite Mauritz, marguerite_mauritz@yahoo.co.uk
Sunday, August 3, 2008; 8:00 AM-5:00 PM; 101 D, Midwest Airlines Center

Careers in Ecology: Advice from Professionals in the Field
Organizer: Todd D. Levine, levinetd@muohio.edu
Monday, August 4, 2008; 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM; 104 C, Midwest Airlines Center

The Art of Mentoring: How to get out of your niche
Organizers: Jennifer H. Doherty, dohertyj@sas.upenn.edu; Christopher Beck, Erin Vinson
Monday, August 4, 2008; 11:30 AM-1:15 PM; 202 A, Midwest Airlines Center

Extending Your Research into Policy and Adult Education: Two for the Price of One
Organizers: George Middendorf, gmiddendorf@howard.edu; Charles Nilon; Jennifer Doherty
Tuesday, August 5, 2008; 11:30 AM-1:15 PM; 104 C, Midwest Airlines Center

How to Get and Keep a Job at a Small College
Organizers: Andrew McCall, mccalla@denison.edu; Rich Niesenbaum; Rachel Goodman
Tuesday, August 5, 2008; 8:00 PM-10:00 PM; 203 C, Midwest Airlines Center

Show me the money: how to write successful grant proposals
Organizers: Jenny Talbot (jtalbot@uci.edu); George Wang
Thursday, August 7, 2008; 11:30 AM-1:15 PM; 202 B, Midwest Airlines Center

Student Section sponsored awards
Awards will be presented at the Student Mixer: Monday, August 4, 2008; 6:30 PM-8:00 PM; Grand Ballroom, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Student EcoFilm Awards (SEAs): The Student EcoFilm Awards (SEAs) is the first-ever ESA contest designed to honor outstanding student contributions to ecological science through film. The three most outstanding films will be awarded free registration to the 2008 meeting!

Outstanding Student Research in Ecology Awards: The Student Section of the Ecological Society of America is pleased to sponsor the first Outstanding Student Research in Ecology Awards. These awards honor excellence in student research via an outstanding publication. One $150 cash prize will be granted in honor of research conducted by a graduate student, and one $150 cash prize will be granted to research conducted by an undergraduate student. For questions regarding the award, please contact Matthew Whiteside (mwhitesi@uci.edu), ESA Student Section Vice Chair.

Student Section Travel Grants: The ESA Student Section awarded travel grants for students to attend the 2008 annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Milwaukee. The grants included 8 awards ($195 each) for students from within the US and 3 ($325 each) for students from outside the U.S. Student essays that result in financial support will be submitted to an ESA publication, the ESA blog, or the ESA Student Section website for other students to read and learn from.

Winner of the Student Section logo contest: Jenny Edwards, winner of the ESA Student Section logo contest, will be honored at the Student Mixer during the 2008 ESA meeting in Milwaukee.

Best Undergraduate Presentation Awards: The ESA Student Section will award two cash prizes for the best undergraduate student oral presentation and best undergraduate student poster presentation. Best undergraduate student oral and poster presentations will be awarded based criteria for the Buell and Braun awards. Awards for the 2008 recipients will be presented at the Student Section mixer at the 2009 annual meeting.
For questions regarding the award, please contact Matthew Whiteside (mwhitesi@uci.edu), ESA Student Section Vice Chair.

Non-Student Section sponsored events for students

ESA SEEDS Student Orientation: Saturday, August 2, 2008: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM; Room 227, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

ESA SEEDS Student Lunch: Saturday, August 2, 2008: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM; Room 227, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

ESA Graduate Student & Post Doc Bagels Roundtable ESA Leadership: Tuesday, August 5, 2008: 7:00 AM-8:00 AM; 101 CD, Midwest Airlines Center

ESA Diversity Mixer: Wednesday, August 6, 2008: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM; 104 C, Midwest Airlines Center

WK 29 - How to Write a Scientific Publication: Publishing is an important part of the research process, but writing papers is not what attracted most of us to the field of ecology. Learning to write papers with minimal effort and maximum impact will help you for the rest of your career. To participate in this workshop, in addition to registering, you should complete a "Getting Started Exercise," which will form the basis of discussion and feedback in small groups. The exercise is available at www.esf.edu/for/yanai/publishing/GSE.htm. We will also provide you with general advice on organizing your writing efforts and specific examples of the steps you will go through in preparing each section of your paper.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM; 104 D, Midwest Airlines Center

WK 20 - Introduction to TIEE (Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology): A Peer-Reviewed Electronic Publication Designed to Help Ecology Faculty Teach Better: Join a community of ecology educators committed to transforming teaching and learning of ecology. TIEE (Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology; tiee.ecoed.net) is designed to help faculty do more active, inquiry-based teaching (e.g., students describe and analyze figures and tables, ask questions in lab, work with LTER data). TIEE is sponsored by ESA and supported by NSF. TIEE Issues (mainly for lecture) and Experiments are written by ecology faculty and are peer reviewed. This workshop is an introduction to TIEE and the underlying pedagogy. By working with the site, participants will become familiar with TIEE materials and learn about student-active approaches appropriate for a range of institutions and classes plus formative (ongoing) evaluation and non-traditional tests. In addition, this workshop will describe new directions we are taking to promote scholarship of ecology education by publishing practitioner research in TIEE. We welcome graduate students, new faculty, and more experienced teachers looking for some new ideas. Bring a laptop computer if possible. Participants will be given the latest TIEE CD.
Monday, August 4, 2008: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM; Wright B, Hilton