Early Professional Information


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The Early Professionals Committee is hosting the 6th Annual EARLY PROFESSIONALS MINI-TALK SYMPOSIUM (#EPMiniTalks) AND EARLY PROFESSIONALS SOCIAL designed to highlight the exciting research performed by professionals in the beginning stages of their careers (i.e. have defended their PhD in the past 5 years, pursuing/initiating a research career, in first five years of agency/private sector position, etc.).

During this lively and fast-paced event, participants will have 3 minutes, and a maximum of 3 slides, to showcase their recent research advances, the techniques they employ, the future directions their research will take, and generally their identity as ornithologists. At the conclusion of the talks, the participants will sit as a panel to take questions from the audience on their visions of where ornithology is headed, and how they see themselves contributing. The organizers will prepare some questions ahead of time, but will also take questions from the audience. This event will be live tweeted, therefore participants will be asked to submit a tweet (140 characters) summarizing their research program prior to the symposium. Please note that participation in this symposium does NOT preclude you from also submitting an abstract for the normal program; you may participate in both. E-mail Sara Kaiser at sara.ann.kaiser@gmail.com with any questions.

Following the talks there will be an Early Professional Social, a chance to meet with the participants and other early career and senior ornithologists (registration required). To give attendees the opportunity to learn about these early career researchers, the symposium takes place on Wednesday afternoon, April 11, immediately followed by the social. Please stay tuned for the exact times and locations.

Sara Kaiser, Smithsonian Institution, Emma Greig (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), Nicholas Mason (University of California Berkeley), Jay McEntee (University of Florida), Scott Taylor (University of Colorado, Boulder), Christopher Tonra (The Ohio State University), Ben Winger (University of Michigan)

Participants have defended their PhD in the past 5 years, pursuing/initiating a research career, in first five years of agency/private sector position, etc. Please note that participation in this symposium does NOT preclude you from also submitting an abstract for the general session; you may participate in both. However, the abstracts and titles should be unique and follow the specific abstract guidelines for the symposium or general session.

Goal of the symposium:
The goal is to introduce yourself to the audience, which will contain ornithologists both inside and outside of your field, and get them excited about your research. You are encouraged to be broad, and present the big picture. This forum is meant for you to showcase you as a scientist and what your contributions are to the field (both present and future), and NOT the specifics of your most current paper. Your abstract should be a research summary and provide the overarching question guiding your research, main research themes and the tools you use to address your research questions, examples of projects you have worked on, and a discussion of your future directions. There are a diversity of ways to approach this abstract and presentation; make it your own. The goal is to communicate who you are as a scientist – how you achieve that goal is up to you.