Student & Early Career Information

Student Activities

The joint Student Affairs Committee organizes many student-oriented events at the annual meetings. For more information on any of the events, or to get involved yourself, e-mail Nick Mason (

Quiz Bowl

Friday 26 September, 7:00-9:30 pm. Organized by the joint Student Affairs Committee. In this exciting Jeopardy-style quiz bowl--always one of the most popular events at the meeting--self-assembled teams of 3 will first compete in a ‘pub-trivia’ style round of ornithology and bird-influenced pop-culture trivia, ranging from categories like Taxonomy to Avian Anagrams. The winning teams from the open, pub-style round will then play in the head-to-head championship round for great prizes. Faculty are encouraged to participate as well! Drinks and light snacks.

Silent Auction

The Student Affairs Committee of the AOU, COS, and SCO are collecting donations for the Silent Auction being held Wednesday, September 24nd – Thursday, September 25th.

You can come by and browse the variety of interesting and even rare items available at the auction tables beginning Tuesday Evening.

Items donated by various companies and society members are bid on by conference attendees, and to the highest bidder go the spoils! From jewelry to fine art to books and monographs, we've got it all. The generosity of our donors and bidders help fund events hosted by the Student Affairs Committee at future conferences, such as workshops, student-professional socials, and the quiz bowl. To do this we need auction items! Suggested donations include, but are not limited to: books and field guides (vintage, hard-to-get, out-of-print, or autographed books are especially welcome); binoculars or other optics; tripods; field supplies; education materials; services (e.g., statistics, bird identifications, etc.); trips; and jewelry, art, decorations, photos, prints, software, or DVDs. This is the perfect opportunity to support students and recycle those unused but valuable/interesting items!

Bring your donations to the Assembly Hall on Tuesday. If you would like to mail items ahead of the meeting, please contact for instructions.

We can make arrangements to give receipts for donated items for donors who may wish to take a tax deduction. While at the meeting, please stop by to peruse the available goods and services and... don't forget to place a bid!

If you have suitable items to donate, or have questions, please contact Valerie Steen (

Student-Professional Social

Friday evening, 26 September. This informal social event will provide an opportunity for students to meet and discuss common research interests with professionals in their field. Academic and non-academic professionals from a diversity of research backgrounds will be in attendance. Students are invited to casually move between tables throughout the event as they wish. Dinner and drinks will be served. This social will immediately be followed by the Quiz Bowl. Registration is free and open to students on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. For additional information and to RSVP, please email

Student Volunteer Program

Students are needed as volunteers to serve as assistants in monitoring the concurrent sessions, as well as working at the registration desk, during the AOU/COS/SCO 2014 meeting. To help defray expenses, students will be paid a stipend for each day worked. These positions will pay $100 USD for each 8-hour shift worked. Please note that conference registration as a student is the main qualification for participation. A special Call for Student Volunteers will be sent via email in late July to all students registered for the conference. Be on the lookout for this important information and reply as soon as possible, as assignments are made on a first-reply basis. Questions? Contact Sue Rulla at