ASIH Workshops:

ASIH Graduate Student Speed Networking Workshop
Friday, July 14, 2017    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Salon/Ballroom B

Title: “How do you become a great teacher while maintaining a high standard and level of research throughout your scientific career?”

Scientific meetings offer great opportunities to (re)-establish professional contacts and to network amongst fellow attendees. Younger members may find few opportunities to interface with more senior members of a society.

To remedy this, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) is again offering an “ASIH Graduate Student Speed Networking Workshop” at the upcoming 2017 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Austin.

The workshop will be conducted as follows: 1 professional (working in state or federal agencies, at museums or universities) will be seated at a table in the room. Two students will sit with each professional for ~5 minutes of dialogue, then rotate to the next table when 5 minutes expire. Over the course of an hour, students will visit 11 tables (= 11 professionals), after which all attendees will gather for a mixer (pizza and limited drinks provided).

To participate in this networking event, you must be an ASIH student member in good standing (i.e., paid dues for 2017 ASIH membership) and be registered for the 2017 JMIH meetings.

Please note that this event usually fills quickly, so we recommend you decide soon. You can register on the JMIH meeting registration form. If space is full, you can have your name added to a waiting list. Also, if you are signed-up for the event but later on decide not to participate, please let us know immediately so another student has the opportunity to attend. Each year about 1/3 of registered students do not show up for the event. This is not only unprofessional but also unfair to fellow graduate students.

By participating in this workshop, you will hopefully acquire numerous professional contacts with whom you (and your colleagues) can interact during this and future meetings.

Questions? Contact Dr. Marlis Douglas.


ASIH Graduate Student Workshop
Friday, July 14, 2017    Noon – 1:30 PM

Organizer, Savannah Michaelsen

Lunch provided

AES Workshops

AES Graduate Student Workshop
Friday, July 14, 2017     Noon – 1:30 PM

Organizer, Bryan Keller

Title: Integrating science and policy

Important scientific achievements are sometimes not given the proper attention by policy officials and the non-scientific community. Perhaps now more than ever, integrating science and policy efforts is imperative to maximize the effect of important research. The 2017 AES Student Workshop will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the successful integration of science and policy. The panelists will begin the workshop by discussing what to consider while designing and conducting research that may have important policy implications. Secondly, they will address how to disseminate results to the proper authorities. The experts will then discuss personal experiences of implementing their own research into policy.

Considering the close relationship between science and policy and communicating science to the general public, our panelists will also share their experience and advice on how to successfully interact with members of the non-scientific community. As a student, many situations arise when research methods, objectives, etc must be explained to the broader community. These situations can include submitting funding proposals or giving outreach presentations; the guidance of the panelists will allow students to make the most of these opportunities in the future. Collectively, the 2017 AES Student Workshop will provide students with the necessary knowledge to successfully integrate their research into policy efforts and to effectively communicate their findings to the non-scientific community.


Science Outreach, Partnership, and Engagement:  Broader Impacts and Beyond
Friday, July 14, 2017     3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Brazos Hall
Organizer, Lisa Whitenack

This workshop is focused on sharing information and engaging meeting attendees on the benefits, opportunities, and practical advice for involving the K-12 community and the public in your scholarship, broadly defined to include outreach, partnership, service-learning, citizen-science, and other forms of high impact engagement. This workshop will include presenters that work with both the public and K-12 students and their teachers, the benefits of outreach & partnership to all participants (academics, students, and the wider community), how to get started, and information on assessing outreach and partnership efforts.

HL Workshops

HL Graduate Student Workshop
Saturday, July 15, 2017    8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Organizer, Jared Pruett

Continental Breakfast

Title – Peer Review: Tips and Tricks to Publishing and Reviewing Articles

The integrity of science relies in part on the peer review process, and communicating manuscripts with journals and providing thoughtful reviews are essential skills for professional scientists. While graduate students often receive assistance in preparing manuscripts, guidance for communicating with journals and providing reviews may be missing in their training as scientists.

This workshop is designed to help graduate students develop skills in both aspects of publishing. Our panel of experts will provide tips on each step of the publication process from writing cover letters to corresponding with editors and responding to reviews. The workshop will also provide training in the assessment of manuscripts submitted for publication, such as assessing potential problems with data analyses and spotting fatal flaws in experimental design.

To participate in this workshop, you must be a Herpetologists’ League (HL) student member in good standing (i.e., paid HL dues for 2017) and be registered for the 2017 Joint Meeting for Societies of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

Note: Registration for workshop is required.

SSAR Workshops

SSAR Graduate Student Workshop



ELHS/Larval Fish Conference Workshops

ELHS Early Career Workshop

Part 1:  Saturday, July 15, 2017          4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Part 2:  Sunday, July 16, 2017            5:30 PM – 6:30 PM      (students only)

How to Find the Right Scientific Career for You

Do you wonder how and when to start planning your next career move? Are you aware of alternative career paths? This year, the EHLS Early Career Committee (ECC) is organizing a 2-part workshop on Career Planning.

Part 1 consists of a speed networking event (ca. 2h), during which each of 12 senior scientists will chat with 2 EC participants for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the EC participants will rotate to the next mentor. This pattern continues through the cycle of all 12 mentors. At the end of the event, attendees will gather to continue the discussion.

In Part 2 (ca. 1h), the EC participants without mentors will discuss in small groups how their pre-conceived ideas about their career aspirations may have changed. This is an ELHS members-only event, open to all ELHS members, but with limited capacity (24 EC participants and 12 mentors). Please sign up early and participate!

Further details on this ECC Workshop can be found at the ELHS website ( or by contacting event organizers (Marta Moyano, University of Hamburg and Alison Deary, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center).



Natural History and Morphology – Engines of Inspiration
Saturday, July 15, 2017     8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
*Lunch provided

A workshop dedicated to the style and substance of Dr. Carl Gans.

Co-Organizers – Stephanie Crofts (New Jersey Institute of Technology) and Adam Summers (University of Washington – Friday Harbor Lab)

Thank you to the Gans Collections and Charitable Fund, Inc and MicroPhotonics for supporting this program!