Graduate Student Symposium Set for March 14!

Coming up on Friday, March 14, is the 11th annual Graduate Student Symposium at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS)! (The original date was moved back two weeks from Feb. 14 due to a scheduling conflict.)

Organized by and for SEFS graduates students, the day-long symposium—held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Forest Club Room—highlights the research of our graduate students through presentations and a poster session. It’s an excellent opportunity for our students to present to their colleagues and professors, gain valuable experience and feedback, network with professional contacts and alumni, and also learn more about the work other students are doing at SEFS. Undergraduates are also encouraged to participate in the poster presentation.

Graduate Student SymposiumThe day’s schedule and full line-up of speakers haven’t been finalized yet, but the symposium usually kicks off with keynote presentations from leaders in the field, followed by graduate student talks and then poster presentations. The Forest Club Room will be a hive of activity and energy all day, and it’s a terrific showcase of the SEFS student community. So get involved and come out and join us on March 14!

If you’d like to submit an abstract for a presentation (graduate students) or a poster (undergraduates), email Brooke Cassell with your abstract by March 1 to ensure your space in the symposium. There will be awards recognizing the best presenters and posters.

For more information, check out the great poster (at left, created by Anna Simpson!) or visit the Graduate Student Symposium site. You can also contact two of the organizers, Luke Dow and Lisa Hannon, with any questions. They’ll be updating the schedule, speakers and other activities as we get closer to the event!

This Friday: Graduate Student Symposium!

Graduate Student SymposiumThe 10th Annual Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) begins bright and early this Friday morning, March 8! It’s an all-day affair from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. in the Forest Club Room, so come early and stick around if you can.

The event kicks off with breakfast and presentations from this year’s panelists, and we are excited to welcome Dale Blahna, a research social scientist with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station; Phil Rigdon, deputy director of natural resources with the Yakama Nation; and Laura Six, a plant ecologist working in international environmental research with Weyerhaeuser.

Following the panel discussions, we will have the main event: our graduate student presentations, along with some special activities this year to celebrate 10 years of GSS. The theme is The Future of Forestry (which of course includes natural resource management, environmental science and the full range of the work we do here at SEFS).

We invite you to join us, relax, enjoy yourself and catch as many sessions as you can. We will be serving a pizza lunch at noon along with the poster presentations. Check out a tentative schedule of events, and we hope to see on Friday!

Graduate Student Symposium: Save the Date!

Graduate Student SymposiumThe date is set—Friday, March 8, 2013—and final details are coming together for the 10th Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS)!

Held in the Forest Club Room, the annual symposium is a day dedicated to graduate students and their research. It is organized by and for graduate students, with the support of the Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society.

At this day-long event, we highlight the work of our graduate students through presentations and a poster session. We also invite outside panelists, often SEFS alumni, to present on a topic of interest. Ultimately, the symposium provides graduate students with the opportunity to present to their colleagues and professors, and gain valuable experience and feedback. This year’s theme is the Future of Forestry, so we will be asking panelists questions about what the future holds for the field, and we will hear from our future foresters and researchers at SEFS.

The Graduate Student Symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a tentative schedule of events is now available online. If you are still interested in submitting an abstract for a poster or presentation, please contact Ellen Weir. There will be an award ceremony recognizing the best presenters and posters at the symposium.

So join us on March 8 and celebrate your colleagues’ projects and research, and the success of our field today and for years to come!

For more information, contact Maria Sandercock or Miku Lenentine.