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Student Activities

Attention Students: there are a handful of events taking place during the US-IALE 2017 Annual Meeting geared specifically for you!

Sunday, April 9
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Student Activity: Walking Tour of Downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor 
Join us for an informal exploration of downtown Baltimore and the inner harbor!  Get an insiders perspective of this vibrant city, and have an opportunity to meet other student attendees. If you’re interested, RSVP to the US-IALE Student Representatives Rose Graves ( and Brian Pickard ( Meet in main lobby of the hotel by 1:45 p.m.

Monday, April 10
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Student/Mentor Lunch
(Advance registration required*)
The student-mentor lunch is a great opportunity for students and landscape ecology professionals to interact in a small group and discuss professional/career development in an informal setting. Enjoy a meal and conversation about career trajectories, qualifications needed for different professional tracts, and transitioning from graduate school, among other topics. We encourage students to come prepared to ask questions! Students and professionals sign up in advance for this event on the Conference Registration Form and indicate area of interest— academia, state and federal government, nonprofit organizations or business.

*Please note new format! Based on feedback from previous years, the Student/Mentor lunch will be organized a bit differently this year. Prior to the conference, the US-IALE Student Representatives will match students with professionals and assign students/mentors to a specific table based on a mutual field of interest. Your table assignment will be provided when you check-in onsite, along with your nametag and conference materials.

Monday, April 10
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Offsite Student Social at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub
Please plan to join US-IALE student attendees for a night of socializing and unwinding with friends you’ve made throughout the week. A drink ticket will be distributed to each student upon arrival at the social. Proper I.D. required for alcoholic beverages; tickets can also be used for nonalcoholic beverages.

Tuesday, April 11
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Student Organized Workshop: Unleash the Power of GRASS GIS
(Advance registration required, free for students)
In this workshop we will introduce GRASS GIS 7, a free and open source scientific platform for geoprocessing. The workshop will provide a step by step tutorial to guide beginners from basic raster and vector analysis to more complex topics such as landscape structure analysis, lidar data processing, and spatio-temporal data handling and visualization. Participants will also learn how to use GRASS GIS with Python to optimize their workflows, and how to leverage the integration of R with GRASS GIS for statistical analysis. No prior knowledge of GRASS GIS, Python or R is required. See workshops page for complete details. 

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
“We’ll Pick up the Tab” Social
To foster interaction between students and professional landscape ecologists, we're asking non-students to "pick up the tab" for student drinks at the pre-banquet evening social. Participating professionals will pre-purchase tickets for random distribution to attending students. Students will receive a ticket with a sponsor's name on the back. To redeem their ticket, students must find this sponsor at the social and introduce themselves. Students are encouraged to ask others at the social for help in finding their sponsor. Happy networking!

Student Presentation Feedback
The US-IALE conference provides students with an opportunity to gain experience presenting their research results and to gather feedback from other landscape ecologists. To maximize this benefit, students can now request that their poster or oral presentation be evaluated by practicing landscape ecologists. Evaluators will provide constructive comments on both the student’s research and presentation style. This is separate from the student presentation competition, and students in all stages of their research are encouraged to participate. To participate, just register for the Student Presentation Feedback Program during the online conference registration process.

To participate, just register for the Student Presentation Feedback Program during the online conference registration process.

For more information about the Student Presentation Award Program, go to: