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Annual Meeting Activities 

Student Resources Committee (SRC) members plan different SFS conference events with the goals of increasing community development and aiding in fundraising to support student fellowships and activities.

Please see the agenda on the annual meeting webpage for the dates, times, and locations of all SRC annual meeting activities.

SRC Committee Meeting & Lunch

All graduate students interested in becoming SRC delegates and/or officers are invited to attend the annual SRC lunch. This lunch is a great opportunity to learn about ongoing and new SRC activities, elect new SRC officers, and meet other SFS undergraduate and graduate students.

SRC Workshop

Every year SRC members develop and conduct a workshop for graduate students. Workshops are focused on professional development and/or topics in aquatic ecology that are specific to conference locations.

Read more in-depth descriptions of the upcoming and past SRC workshops

SRC Student-Mentor Mixer

The SRC Student-Mentor Mixer is designed to facilitate interactions between students and experienced professionals in the field of freshwater science. Mentors may include professors, research associates, post-doctoral researchers, government employees, and private consultants. This mixer is open to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and post docs; however, registration is required. The SRC Student-Mentor Mixer provides students with the opportunity to make connections with professionals who share similar interests, gain insight into future career opportunities, and receive valuable advice on navigating through the scientific research process. Mixers provide students a great opportunity to network and engage in lively conversation with mentors and peers in a relaxed environment. This event has been very successful and beneficial to students in the past.

The planning committee requests students register online with their conference registration so that we can effectively group students and mentors and provide students with a drink ticket specific to this event. If professionals would like to serve as mentors for this event, please sign up via the conference registration page or email the Student-Mentor Mixer Committee at nabs.student.mentor.mixer@gmail.com.


All funds raised from the live and silent auctions go to the SFS Endowment, which serves as the source for research and travel awards presented to SFS student members.

Silent Auction

Silent auction books and bidding sheets will be displayed on tables at a central location during annual SFS conferences.

If you have recently published a book and would like to contribute to this year's auction please contact us via e-mail or bring your book to the meeting. If you are a graduate student and plan on attending this year's meeting, we would like to challenge you to bring a book from your university or region, or maybe even from your favorite publishing professor.

For further information, or to donate, please contact a silent auction coordinator.

Live Auction

The live auction takes place one evening during the conference week. If you are interested in donating items or assisting with the live auction, please contact a live auction coordinator.

SFS Merchandise

The SRC sells a number of items, such as short and long t-shirts, hoodies, and beer mugs, at the annual meeting each year. All money raised from selling merchandise (new and old) provides the SRC with general operating funds. Most of these proceeds help fund the activities described above, including the SRC Committee Meeting & Lunch, SRC Workshop, SRC Student-Mentor Mixer, and undergraduate travel awards. You can pre-order your SFS merchandise during registration.


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