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  • Ability to apply for a student research award

  • Ability to apply for a student travel award

  • Eligible for student presentation awards at annual meetings

  • Participate in our mentorship program

  • Support a cause and organization you believe in

  • Gain a professional affiliation

  • Membership in a peer group (e.g., the Student Affairs Committee)

  • Contribute to science by volunteering with the SCO-SOC

  • Cheaper registration at meetings

  • Free membership for anyone who identifies as being from an underrepresented group (black, Indigenous, Person of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, person with disability, etc.)

  • Opportunity to join our BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ networking groups

  • Access to webinar series focused on serving students and early-career researchers (e.g. career development, skills development)

  • Access to a vast network of professional ornithologists

  • Link to our newsletter to keep up with ornithology activities across Canada

To learn more about becoming a member visit the Membership page


SCO-SOC encourages students to submit material for Picoides. In particular, we would like each issue to feature abstracts of at least one or two recently published theses. They must be from students at a Canadian university, but need not necessarily focus on Canadian birds. Abstracts should be 250-400 words long, preferably accompanied by one or two relevant photos.

We also welcome articles describing aspects of student research in greater detail; these should focus on a subject relevant to Canadian ornithology, require references, and may be up to 1,000 words long, again preferably accompanied by one or two photos. Picoides submission details details are available here.

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