Upcoming Events

WGSA Symposium

Warnell Graduate Student Symposium

February 19th – 21th, 2014

Wednesday, February 19th

Colloquium Speaker 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Room 1-304

Dr. Steve Williams
Former Director

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services

Steven A. Williams was confirmed by the Senate as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on January 30, 2002 and was formally sworn in by Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton on February 21, 2002. Previously, Williams served as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks from 1995. His other former positions include Deputy Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission from 1992-1995; Assistant Director for Wildlife for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife from 1989-1992; and a wildlife biologist specializing in research and management for white-tailed deer for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife from 1985-1989. He served as a graduate teaching assistant at the Pennsylvania State University from 1981-1985, working on wildlife habitat analysis, and also worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of North Dakota from 1979-1981. Williams earned a doctorate in forest resources at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park; a master of science degree from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks; and a bachelor's degree in environmental resource management, also from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Wildlife Society, and other professional and conservation organizations. Steve is currently serving as the President of the Wildlife Management Institute. Williams and his wife, Beth, have two children. He was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont, and grew up in the rural Northeast.

Wednesday, February 19th
Poster Session & Social 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Building 4 lobby


Following Dr. Williams’s talk, the poster session will coincide with a social that will include food and beverages provided by the Warnell Graduate Student Association. Please join us in celebrating Warnell’s undergraduate and graduate research.


Thursday, February 20th

Graduate Student Presentations 8:00 am – 3:15 pm
Deans Conference Room
Sessions include:
  1. Proposals (students in their first year; students who have not yet begun fieldwork/experiments)
  2. Master’s students
  3. PhD students
  4. PhD candidates
  5. Scholarship of teaching

Thursday, February 20th

Panel Discussion 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Money...Money...Money: How to Decide What Research Projects are Given Priority with Tightening Government Budgets

Room 1-304


Thursday, February 20th & Friday, February 21st 

Silent Auction 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Building 2 Lobby

One person’s trash is another person's treasure…Highest bidders on each item will be the winners when the auction ends at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15th


Friday, February 21st

Awards Ceremony 3:00 pm

Building 2 Lobby

A brief awards ceremony for the presenters will be held following the close of the silent auction.



Call for graduate student poster and oral presentation abstracts: Deadline January 17th, 2014 
Call for undergraduate student poster abstracts: Deadline February 1, 2014

Abstract format and other information can be found here.

Call for judges:
Doodle poll will be available soon.
Moderator sign-up:
Doodle poll will be available soon.

Warnell Graduate Students,

It is time for you to submit your abstract to the Warnell Graduate Student Research Symposium. Please use this opportunity to hone your presentation skills and share your research with others in the Warnell community. In addition to feedback from faculty and post-doc judges, we will be encouraging anonymous peer evaluation during the sessions. The completed peer evaluation sheets will be
distributed to the presenters after the banquet and will not be considered in the scoring.