Welcome to the student section of the Paleontological Society website! The
Society provides essential services to members through publications, grants,
and an ever-increasing involvement in the annual Geological Society of
America meetings. This involvement provides a place where students, both new
and experienced, can feel welcomed and get to know their colleagues in
professional and social settings.
A few of the initiatives that students should be aware of include:
- Paleontological Society Student Grants, awarded each year in the amount of $800. MAPS awardees receive $900.
- The Paleontological Society GSA Student Poster Award. This competition, held each fall at GSA, is open to undergraduate and graduate student members of the Paleontological Society. The winner of the competition, which will be judged by a panel of professional paleontologists, will receive a $250 prize and prizes will be awarded for runners up as well. All current student members who submit posters to the conference will automatically be entered into the competition, as well as students who become members at GSA.
- Building our $250,000 Centennial Fund, honoring the Paleontological Society's 100th anniversary. This fund will endow future student grants, as well as allow us to increase the amount of student grants in the future.
Paleontological Society Student Ambassador Program
- Benefits of Being a Paleontology Student Ambassador (PSA)
Opportunities for networking and resume development at PS events, eligibility for selection as student representatives to regional PS section councils and/or national council, participation in ambassador training and networking program(s), benefit from career education opportunities, develop communication skills, expand knowledge of research programs, receive PS graduation regalia to wear during commencement ceremonies, receive a modest stipend to help with travel and outreach expenses.
- Responsibilities of PSAs
Service to the society; could take the form of, but is not limited to: campus and public outreach activities in face-to-face and online formats (i.e. Facebook, website development, writing short news articles for Priscum, etc.), publicizing/sharing PS mission, developing programs and events to peers and the public in local region, volunteering at national and regional GSA-PS meetings.
Participate in meeting activities to expand networking opportunities: attend PS short course, participate in PSAP Student Field Conference(s), participate in NAPC, IPC, etc.
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About Your Student Representatives:
Sarah Tweedt, University of Maryland
I am a Ph.D. student in the Biological Sciences graduate program at the University of Maryland, College Park, and am studying jointly within the Paleobiology Department at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I am broadly interested in the macroevolution of development and am applying my background in developmental biology to investigate the types of developmental change that occurred from the Ediacaran to the Cambrian. Currently my research involves characterizing the developmental requirements of the Ediacara fossil biota and the evolution of development in some of the earliest animals of the Cambrian explosion. As student representative, I am here to be a Paleontological Society resource for student members, and hope to get more interested students involved in the society.
Max Christie, Penn State
My name is Max Christie and I'll be serving as the new student representative to the Paleo Society Council. I'm interested in the intersection of ecology and paleontology, primarily how functional ecology changes in response to extinction. I'm a biologist by training, and I tend to think a lot about how ideas from modern ecology can be integrated into paleontology. Right now, I'm in the 2nd year of my PhD at Penn State, where I'll be looking at various aspects of functional ecology across the Plio-Pleistocene boundary. Before that, I received my Master's Degree at the University of Georgia working on paleoecology in the Devonian, and did my Bachelor's work at the College of William and Mary, majoring in Biology before I jumped ship to Geology in grad school. I'm very excited to be part of the Paleo Society Council and am looking forward to serving with you all.