Student & Post Doc Opportunities

Special Opportunities and Information for Students

Student Lounge/Career Center

Fostering communication among students and providing information about career opportunities is an important part of this meeting.  An area of the exhibit hall will be reserved for a Student Lounge/Career Center, allowing students to meet each other in a fun, relaxed setting.  This center will also host the Career Bulletin Board, where prospective employers are invited to post job announcements and students are invited to post a one-page resumé.

Roommates Wanted

Roommates Wanted is a free online service to student members who are seeking roommates during meetings.  We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this service since hotel costs can be expensive. More information on this service will be available closer to the meeting dates; please continue to check back for more information.  Make sure you check the box on the registration form if you are interested in sharing a room at the meeting.

Student Travel Awards

Please continue to check the Web site for more information regarding the availability of travel awards for this meeting. Student travel awards will be awarded by each of the sponsoring societies. 

Outstanding Student Presentation Awards

Each society will provide its own recognition and awards for outstanding student presentations at the 2014 Joint Aquatics Sciences Meeting.  If you are a student and would like to have your presentation judged, please indicate by checking the appropriate box on the registration form.  All eligible presentations will be evaluated in consideration of each society’s awards’ criteria.

Student Poster Judging

Post-docs and professionals who are members of one of the sponsoring societies are needed to serve as presentation judges.  If you are interested in volunteering, please check the box on the registration form.

Student Social Mixer

An informal student social mixer will be held Monday evening; beverages and snacks will be available and drink tickets will be available at the door (soda and alcoholic beverages).  All students are welcome and encouraged to submit photos or videos to be displayed during the mixer. Photos and videos of your study organism, field/lab work and more should be sent to (and contain appropriate content). Depending on number of submissions, all photos and videos will be presented throughout the mixer with minimal audio. 

Student Workshops

Students who participate in the workshops during meeting will hear from scientists from a variety of backgrounds. Potential topics will focus on career development (e.g., publication and grant writing, communicating science, different career paths, etc.).  A limited number of lunches will be provided to students. Further details about the workshops will be provided later.  

Mentor-Mentee Programming

The mentor-mentee program aims to match students with an experienced scientist or other professional in a relevant field.  Mentors and mentees will be matched before the meeting and will self-coordinate to establish a meeting time.  In order to facilitate organization, there is a designated time on Tuesday evening at 8pm for mentors and mentees to get together for dinner, drinks or dessert at a location of their choosing.  This event, called the “Mentor/Mentee Dinner, Dessert, or Drinks” is on-your-own, but look for a meet up table near the registration desk on Tuesday evening for more information about local restaurants, mass transit, and to resolve last minute kinks in planning with your mentor or mentee.

Pub Crawl

A chance to relax and mix with other students in a casual setting. (Any non-student attendees also are welcome!)  The pub crawl will be Wednesday night, after the banquet at Pioneer Courthouse Square. A crawl route and map with local pubs/restaurants will be available at the meeting.  

Mentor/Mentee Mixer

An informal student and mentor mixer will be held at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, 2014.  This is open to all students and mentors from the four societies and students are strongly encouraged to attend. Beverages and snacks will be available for all to enjoy.

4th Annual Instars Fellowships

A Program of the Society for Freshwater Science

For undergraduates from under-represented groups interested in the study of freshwater

Learn about the many disciplines of freshwater science with other undergraduates, graduate student mentors, and professional SFS members as an Instars Fellow of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS). The core of the program is attending the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (JASM) May 18 – 23, 2014 in Portland, OR where the theme will be “Bridging Genes to Ecosystems: Aquatic Science at a Time of Rapid Change”.  Instars activities will include:

  • A half-day, pre-meeting Instars orientation workshop
  • A special Instars session on “The future of aquatic science: an educational session particularly for undergraduates” featuring some of the leading professionals on the study of freshwater ecosystems
  • Networking activities with peers and mentors during the meeting
  • Attending plenary sessions and a wide choice of special, technical, and poster sessions
  • Opportunities to present undergraduate research in general sessions with friendly review from SFS members
  • Post-meeting networking and linking to research and educational opportunities in aquatic science

SFS will sponsor about 10 Instars Fellows by providing meeting registration fees, travel, and lodging for the pre-meeting activities and the annual meeting. Instars is aimed at students interested in freshwater science, and those with demonstrated academic or personal experience will have priority for funding as Instars Fellows. Potential for presentation by the student during the conference, and the student’s year in school will also be considered but would not preclude funding. We encourage programs or institutions to sponsor additional undergraduate participants by providing them registration fees and associated costs. Faculty sponsors and students are encouraged to contact members of the Instars Organizing Committee for additional information or assistance.

This will be the fourth Instars class! Several previous fellows are presently in graduate school and participate as mentors. This is an especially exciting year for the program as fellows will have the opportunity to network with faculty, professionals and undergraduate fellows from other organizations devoted to the study of aquatic ecosystems. Photos of previous classes, details of Instars activities, application materials and additional web communications will be posted regularly on the SFS site.  There is no cost to any students or mentors that are not Instars fellows for participating in the workshop or other Instars activities, which are all funded by SFS; however pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes Application deadline for the 2014 Instars Fellows will be February 10th  2014.

More info:

Faculty and students are encouraged to contact any members of the organizing committee for other information:

Dr. Checo Colón-Gaud, Georgia Southern University

Dr. Tamara Sluss, Kentucky State University

Dr. Patina Mendez, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Judy Li, Oregon State University

Dr. Marcelo Ardón-Sayao, East Carolina University

Dr. Krista Capps, University of Maine