PALEONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE TO COUNCIL
Dear Colleagues/ PS Students,
The Paleontological Society is soliciting nominations for a Student Representative to Council.
Eligibility: We encourage nominations from paleontology graduate students who are early-mid stage in their graduate programs from all backgrounds and institutions, particularly those that have historically been under-represented on the Paleontological Society Council.
The Role: Student Representatives serve as voices for student needs in the Society and play leading roles in student activities including organizing student events at the Geological Society of America Conference. Student Representatives are further encouraged to develop and lead new student initiatives. In this role, students gain knowledge of the inner-workings of an international organization and experience in professional service.
The selected Student Representative (who will start in their role in the Fall) will join current Student Representative Bridget Kelly and serve a two-year term. Student Representatives attend two Council meetings per year (one during fall at the Geological Society of America Conference and the other during spring in Bethesda, MD).
Application: Please submit 1) a cover sheet listing your name, degree (MS, MA, PhD, etc.), expected graduation year, and email address, 2) a short letter of nomination from the student’s academic mentor or other faculty member at the student’s home institution and 3) a concise essay (of no more than 500 words) written by the student detailing their interest in the role, previous experience with professional service (if any), and what the student hopes to accomplish through their service.
Applications should be sent by the student’s nominator as a single PDF to current Student Representative, Bridget Kelly at [email protected] with the subject line “Student Representative Nomination (insert student’s name)”.
Deadline for consideration is March 9, 2020.
The Student Representative will be selected in mid-March. Please feel free to contact Bridget with any additional questions at the above email.
Bridget Kelly & Annaka Clement
The Student Rep position has been an excellent introduction to serving on a professional committee. It’s empowering that the entire council is genuinely interested in the needs of the student members and is willing to listen. Plus, during this early-career stage, the networking opportunities and mentoring I have received has been priceless.” – Student Representative Bridget Kelly, PhD Candidate, University of California Riverside
“I was interested in becoming student representative to see first hand how a major academic society operates and to help advocate for student resources. I would like for the Paleontological Society to be a resource for students more often than just grant season. I also felt like I did not know enough of my contemporaries, and this was an excellent way to meet other student members. Fellow PS student members, please feel free to reach out to me any time with suggestions, concerns, or just to introduce yourself! ([email protected])”- Student Representative Annaka Clement, PhD Candidate, North Dakota State University