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.

Best Student Paper Competition

Due to the cancellation of ISSRM 2020 in Cairns, Australia, the requirements for the Best Student Paper Award Competition have been revised. In order to give more time to adjust, student abstracts are now due June 1st, and completed papers are due by July 1st. Participating students are highly encouraged, but not required, to participate in the 2020 Virtual Conference. 

If you are a Ph.D., Master’s, or undergraduate student, you are invited to submit a paper for consideration of the “Best Student Paper Awards” to be presented at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) in June.

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.

Papers must address issues pertaining to the social sciences of natural resources.  Papers based on empirical studies and data are preferred, but review articles and thought pieces will be considered. 

Papers will primarily be judged on their . . .

  • Advancement of knowledge
  • Significance of the topic for society and natural resource management
  • Quality and implementation of the research (if applicable)
  • Analysis and interpretation of the findings (if applicable)
  • Clarity and organization of the writing.

General Requirements

  • The student must purchase or renew their 2020 IASNR membership by June 15.
  • The student is encouraged-but not required, to present their paper at the conference.
  • Students who choose to present at the conference will need to have their abstract submitted to IANSR by May 18 (see IANSR website).
  • All students who want to submit a paper for the Student Paper Award competition must send an abstract to Dr. Bobby Jones (mountain by June 1.    
  • The student submitting the abstract must be the first author of the paper.
  • The paper may be coauthored with another student, faculty member, or non-student. 
  • The paper must NOT have been previously published in a proceedings, book, or journal.

Paper Requirements

  • Papers cannot exceed 25 pages in total including references. Papers longer than this will not be read (strictly enforced).
  • All pages must be double-spaced; 12-point font; and have 1 inch margins on all sides.
  • The paper can follow the Chicago, American Psychological Association or American Sociological Association formatting style.

Your completed paper must be emailed as an attachment to Dr. Jones [email protected] by July 1, and award recipients will be notified by July 12, 2020.  Additional information about the 2020 ISSRM Virtual Conference can be found by clicking here. For information on the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR) and a membership application, please visit the IASNR website.

Student Chapters

The IASNR encourages the creation of university-based student chapters as a means of increasing student involvement in Association affairs and other relevant professional activities. The IASNR Council extends an invitation to all interested students to organize and form student chapters on their campus. Establishment of a student chapter requires application to the IASNR Business Office and approval by majority vote of the IASNR Council.

Student chapters 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. Membership benefits include:

  • A chapter subscription to Society and Natural Resources.
  • Symposium registration and travel scholarships.
  • Discounted registration fee for annual symposium
  • IASNR Speakers Bureau.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Opportunities for students to establish professional contacts and transition into their careers or further academic pursuits in graduate programs.

Formation Guidelines:

  • Submit a Student Chapter Application, a copy of the chapter’s proposed constitution and bylaws, and a letter of support from their faculty advisor.
  • Two (2) chapter officers are required to maintain IASNR student membership, while all chapter members are encouraged to join IASNR to enjoy the above benefits.
  • The chapter’s faculty advisor shall be an IASNR professional member.

Chapter Renewal:

Existing chapters shall submit a Student Chapter Renewal Application and a brief end-of-year report (in letter or memo format) on or before June 30 of each year.

We look forward to your group joining us!!

Sample Organizing Document Links (submit in Word format):
Mission Statement

Current Student Chapters

  • Utah State University Student Organization for Society & Natural Resources (SOSNR), Founding Chapter
  • Pennsylvania State University Student Organization for Society & Natural Resources (SOSNR)
  • University of Idaho, Dept. of Conservation and Social Sciences, Student Organization for People and the Environment (SOPE)
  • University of Alberta, Student Organization of IASNR
  • North Carolina State University, Student Organization of IASNR
  • Michigan Technological University, Student Organization of IASNR
  • The University of Maine, Student Organization of IASNR
  • Portland State University, Student Organization of IASNR

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 ISSRM annual 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 at ISSRM, 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.

Read the full SAC procedural statement


Brett Alan Miller, Utah State University [email protected]
Susan Sidder, Oregon State University [email protected]

Communication, Collaboration, Professional Development

Student Affairs Committee Members

  • Kindra De’Arman – University of Oregon, USA
  • Dana Johnson – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Brett Miller (Co-Chair) – Utah State University, USA
  • Tara Pozzi – Boise State University, USA
  • Morgan Schebella – University of South Australia, Australia
  • Susan Sidder (Co-Chair) – Oregon State University, USA
  • Jacob Slattery – Michigan Tech University, USA
  • Tanya Howard (Professional Member Advisor) – University of New England, Australia

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
  • 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
  • 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

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.

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