Student Mixer

Monday, 8 June 2020, 8:00-10:00 pm

The joint SFS-ASLO student-mentor mixer will be held on Monday, June 8th from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The mixer is designed to facilitate interactions between students and experienced professionals in the fields of freshwater and marine science. The mixer is open to all students, including undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, professors, research associates, government employees, and private consultants. All pre-registered attendees should expect to receive an email with a table assignment and instructions prior to the event. Students that do not register for the mixer will still be able to attend, but registration is HIGHLY recommended. Complete information is on the registration form.

Alcohol Laws

The legal drinking age in Wisconsin is 21. Photo identification is required to be served or to purchase alcoholic beverages or to enter nightclubs serving alcohol.

Student Workshops

Various dates

There will be student workshops, joint for both ASLO and SFS, during the meeting. 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 available to those who attend the workshops. Further details about these workshops will be provided later.

SFS Instars

Instars is a mentoring program sponsored by the Society for Freshwater Science for undergraduate students from under-represented groups interested in freshwater science.  Instars also provides opportunities for networking among graduate students, faculty, and professionals hoping to encourage diversity in the freshwater discipline.  Launched in 2011, the 10th installment of the program will take place at the ASLO-SFS 2020 Joint Summer Meeting, where the theme will be "Sustaining Aquatic Ecosystems under Global Change.  Applications to participate in the program as Instars fellows are typically due the first week of February; applications for graduate mentors are typically due the third week of February.

SFS Instars Orientation

Sunday, 7 June 2020, 9:00 am-6:00 pm

By invitation only. The program is open to students sponsored through Instars Fellowships and others from under-represented minorities.  During the annual meeting, opportunities for networking among graduate student mentors, faculty, and professionals will be promoted as we strive to encourage diversity in our discipline. At this orientation workshop, new Instars fellows will meet peers who have similar interests in the study of freshwaters, graduate student mentors, and faculty who will guide them through the meeting.  We will introduce the themes of the meeting program and explore topics of common interest to participants.  Instars participants will be encouraged to present results of undergraduate research during the week of the meeting.  Following the meeting, they will work as teams to develop summary papers based on chosen themes explored at the meeting. Interested undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty are encouraged to contact members of the committee for developing pre-meeting discussions and networking.

SFS Student Resources Committee Workshop

Sunday, 7 June, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm

The SFS Student Resources Committee (SRC) is holding this year's SRC service-based workshop at the University of Wisconsin Lakeshore Nature Preserve, approximately 15 minutes from the MTCCC.  The workshop has two components:

  • 12:00 pm-2:00 pm:¬† Volunteer activities with Preserve staff, including invasive plant removal, planting native plants, and mulching trails.
  • 2:00 pm-3:00 pm:¬† An informal discussion on effective science communication at one of the Preserve's outdoor fire circles (fire circle #6) with snacks and drinks.

The workshop includes sharing experiences and learning tips to successfully communicate research to broad audiences.  The event is geared to all SFS and ASLO students, with the goal of helping to make connections between students of both societies.

Registration is limited to 25. ¬†The fee is $10 for students needing transportation from the Conference Center to the Preserve, or $5 if students have their own transportation.¬† Please contact Jonathan Lopez ([email protected]) with any questions.


SFS Student Resources Committee Student Orientation and Breakfast

Monday, 8 June 2020, 7:00-9:00 am

The SRC invites SFS students to attend the Student Resources Student Orientation Breakfast. We'll provide a light breakfast, give you some tips for making the most of your meeting, and share how you can get involved with the SRC for SFS 2020. The orientation will conclude with the nomination & election of SRC subcommittee chairs.

Student Worker Program

Student workers will be needed to serve as room monitors, as well as at the registration desk, during this meeting.¬† To help defray expenses, students will receive a stipend of $100 for working each full-day scheduled assignment, at completion of each job.¬† Payment will be with a check drawn on a U. S. bank. ¬†Interested students will be able to indicate interest in participation in this program on the registration form.¬† A Call for Student Workers will be sent to all registered students in April.¬† For additional information, contact Sue Rulla at [email protected].

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