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Student Affairs

Student Affairs

IASNR provide students with the opportunity to participate in an international professional organization fostering an interdisciplinary approach at the crossroads of the social and natural sciences.

Student Affairs Committee

One of the hallmarks of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources has been a strong commitment to student participation. The IASNR Council and the IASNR Conference (formerly called ISSRM) planning committees have strived to create a welcoming atmosphere that engages students in professional development activities. The IASNR Student Affairs Committee was established to help perpetuate this goal. The SAC is charged with encouraging student involvement in IASNR, increasing the benefits of student membership in the association, and facilitating experiences that foster the next generation of environmental scholars and practitioners. If you would like to become involved in the SAC, please do not hesitate to get in touch with either co-chair on the committee.

Participation in the SAC is voluntary, and involvement depends on your preferences, interest, and capacity. Opportunities for involvement include any combination of the following: joining our Slack channel and/or listserv, attending meetings, leading initiatives (e.g., student-led events during the conference), sharing your ideas about student needs, or in any other ways you see fit.

Read the full SAC procedural statement


Dana Johnson, IASNR Student Representative, to University of British Columbia (Canada) [email protected]
Keahna Margeson, IASNR Student Representative-Elect, Dalhousie University (Canada) [email protected]

Professional Council Member Advisor
Rebecca (Becky) Schewe, Syracuse University, USA, [email protected]

Student Affairs Committee Members

  • Asif Siddiqui – University of Nevada Reno, USA
  • Benjamin Leitschuh – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Colby Parkinson – Oregon State University, USA
  • Dana Johnson – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Haisu Huang – University of Oregon, USA
  • Kira Dlusskaya – University of Alberta, Canada
  • Leah Jones – Arizona State University, USA
  • Michala Hendrick – Old Dominion University, USA
  • Wusu Conteh – Tokyo University, Japan

Previous Members of the Student Affairs Committee

  • David Adams, Auburn University, USA
  • Jeremiah Asaka, University of Massachusetts, USA
  • Tagen Baker, Utah State University, USA
  • Jennifer Bond, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, Vietnam
  • Omar Khalfen Bizuru, National University of Rwanda, Rwanda
  • Mysha Clarke, Purdue University, USA
  • Penny Cook, Charles Stuart University, Australia
  • Donna Curtis, University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • Gina Depper, Clemson University, USA
  • Mallory Dolan, Utah State University, USA
  • Helene Draux, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jennifer Dunn, Michigan Tech University, USA
  • Lauren Dupey, Utah State University, USA
  • Darrick T. N. Evensen, Cornell University, USA
  • Janosch Jan Foerster, Monash University, South Africa
  • Jose Guerrero
  • Theresa Groth, Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Rachelle Haddock, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Jamila Haider, Mountain Societies Development Support Program, Tajikistan
  • Joseph Hamm, University of Nebraska, USA
  • Erin Harper
  • Patrick Holladay, Clemson University, USA
  • Anne Junod, The Ohio University, USA
  • Bernard M. Kitheka, Clemson University, USA
  • Gwanggyu Bob Lee, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Cynthia Longmire, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Stephanie Malin, Utah State University, USA
  • Paul Manson, Portland State University, USA
  • Allie McCreary, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Jamie McEvoy, Utah State University, USA
  • Brett Miller – Utah State University, USA
  • Sarah Naiman, Cornell University, USA
  • Prateep Kumar Nayak, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Bereket Negasi Isaac – University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Shawn Olson, Utah State University, USA
  • Tamara Olsen (Watkins), Utah State University, USA
  • Spencer Plumb, University of Idaho, USA
  • Mike Quartuch, University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • Chris Raymond, University of South Australia, Australia
  • Mary Ann Rozance, Portland State University, USA
  • Yorbana Seign-goura – University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Ryan Sharp,   University of Georgia, USA
  • Emily Silver, University of Maine, USA
  • Jacob Slattery – Michigan Tech University, USA
  • Brandi Smith, Clemson University, USA
  • Tanja Straka, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • John Strauser – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Jenn Thomsen, Clemson University, USA
  • Carena J. van Riper, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Eick von Ruschkowski, University of Germany, Hannover
  • Kenny Wallen, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Adam Wilke, Iowa State University, USA
  • Jennifer Zavaleta, University of Michigan, USA
  • Elizabeth Golebie – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Brooke McWherter – Purdue University, USA

Student Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes

Student Engagement Opportunities

Your IASNR Council Representatives invite you to join the SAC Slack channel. This channel is available to all IASNR Student Members and can be a useful site to connect, share ideas and concerns, and help inform the SAC.

International Student Travel Award

The IASNR International Student Travel Award provides a competitive opportunity for graduate student members to seek funding to attend the IASNR Conference. Two awards of $1,000 each will be provided to students traveling internationally (out of their country) to attend the 2022 IASNR Conference with a priority for those with limited to no conference funding and who come from the Global South. 

Click here to read the award document for information about the award and what to include in your application. Use this Google Forms link to apply for the award. If you have any questions, please contact the IASNR Office at [email protected].

Student Conference Scholarships

Student scholarships are available to support student attendance and participation at the 2022 IASNR Conference in Costa Rica. These awards will be given on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students in offsetting costs associated with attending the 2022 IASNR Conference. The deadline for applying for these awards is April 5th. The award amount will vary depending on the number of applications and total funds collected for student subsidy awards. This is for student members only. Click here to view the application.

Best Student Paper Competition

If you are a Ph.D., Master’s, or undergraduate student member of IASNR, you are invited to submit a paper for consideration for the “Best Student Paper Awards” to be awarded at the 2022 IASNR Conference in Costa Rica.

Click here to read the official 2022 call for papers, which includes guidelines and requirements.

The following awards will be provided for the best papers by Taylor & Francis Group LLC.

  • Best paper submitted by a Doctoral student: check for $300.
  • Best paper submitted by a Master’s student: check for $200.
  • Best paper submitted by an undergraduate: check for $100.

Student Forum

One of the primary goals of the SAC is to organize and plan the Student Forum. The forum is a professional development workshop that is typically held prior to the larger ISSRM meeting. The main objective of this event is to further enhance the ISSRM experience for new scholars, provide networking opportunities, and teach important professional development skills. Since the inception of the Student Forum at Utah State University in 2007, the forum has evolved into an important and memorable experience for students and professors alike. All students are encouraged to become more involved in the society and take advantage of the many opportunities offered at the forum, including workshops, panel discussions, and presentations.

Quiz Bowl

The SAC was established to coordinate the student Quiz Bowl, a trivia competition that creates a place for student participants to informally interact and exchange ideas while incorporating a slight spirit of competition. If you attended ISSRM 2008 at the University of Vermont, you will undoubtedly recount the energy and enthusiasm that accompanied the first annual ISSRM Quiz Bowl. This event successfully brought together teams of students to foster collegiality, enhance knowledge of social science issues applied to the environment and natural resources, and highlight the strong research programs that are a traditional part of ISSRM.
View Official Quiz Bowl Rules

Contact for more information
For more information on the IASNR Student Affairs Committee, becoming involved in the SAC, the Student Forum or Quiz Bowl, or if you have any suggestions for student-related professional development activities, please contact one of the co-chairs.

The SAC is now on Facebook! Please click here to join our conversations and become more active in the International Association for Society and Natural Resources.