About Student Membership
WDA Student members must be:
1) enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate student program at least half-time, or
2) be participating full-time in an internship or residency program which is approved for credit towards board certification or graduate degree.

2020 WDA Student Chapter Grant

The Student Activities committee (SAC) organizes and awards the student chapter grants in order to facilitate student involvement in the activities of their local chapter and therefore the worldwide development of the Wildlife Disease Association.

The student chapters (SC) are locally engaged in the organization of activities (lectures, workshops, field trips,...) related to the wildlifehealth. To help promote these activities and the creation of new SCs, the SAC s annually offers grants on an application basis.

In order to continue to improve the program, the grant process has been completely revised in 2019 ending in a new grant system for 2020, approved by the WDA Council. We created two different grants:

Seed Grant: dedicated to the organization of smaller events, organized 2 times a year, with a smaller budget.

Blossom Grant: dedicated to bigger events, organized once a year, with a larger and more detailed budget.

To learn more about the grant guidelines, please click here.

Student travel grants announcement 2020

The Student Activities Committee of the WDA would like to announce the Student Travel Grants Program. The purpose of this fund is to provide small travel scholarships ($500 - $1000) to individual WDA student members who plan to attend the annual WDA conference (this year at the same time as the EWDA conference), especially to those who may not be eligible to apply for the competitive WDA student awards. Students who reside near the conference location are NOT eligible to apply for this travel grant, as funds are intended to offset travel and lodging fees. The applicant review committee will award funds based on demonstrated interest and involvement in WDA as well as financial need. Funds will be disbursed to award recipients at the annual conference upon confirmation of student conference registration. Students attending the conference on a travel scholarship will be asked to share their experience by giving a presentation at their home university (WDA Student Chapter or similar student group) during the fall semester following the conference and to write a short text for the student corner of the WDA newsletter. Please note that students who have previously received a travel award or are awarded a WDA Student Award this year are not eligible for this year’s travel award.  Deadline for submission of the application form and a letter of support is May 15, 2020. Applications should be sent to Marianthi Ioannidis at All student applicants will receive a notice of successful receipt of their application. Notification of awards will be made by June 1st, 2020.


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Education and Student Opportunities

The WDA has a long history of strongly promoting and supporting students in their educational goals involving wildlife health issues. The Wildlife Disease Association offers a scholarship and three awards to encourage student participation in the Association and our annual conference.

  • Wildlife Disease Association Scholarship: Awarded annually to a student who is pursuing a master's or doctoral degree specializing in research on wildlife disease. 
  • Wildlife Disease Graduate Student Research Recognition Award: Awarded annually to the student judged to have the best research project in the field of wildlife disease. 
  • Terry Amundson Student Presentation Award: Awarded annually acknowledging the most outstanding oral presentation of research findings at the WDA annual international conference. 
  • WDA Student Poster Competition: Awarded annually acknowledging the most outstanding poster presentation of research findings at the WDA annual international conference. 

For more detailed information on these awards and list of recipients, please click here.

Student Career Choices

Scientists approach the problem of disease in wildlife populations from all angles. While the diversity enables students to pursue their own special interests within the wildlife disease world, it can make choosing a career path somewhat daunting. It is our hope that the WDA can help in choosing that path. For more information on this topic, please click here.

Student Mentorships

AAZV/WDA Mentorship Program Opportunities are available to WDA Students. Please click here for more information.

Student Activities

Student Mixer: Each year, a student mixer is held one evening during the WDA annual international conference. This provides students the opportunity to identify and meet one another in a relaxed social atmosphere. This is an occasion for exchanging stories about research, giving and receiving advice about degree programs and professors, asking questions, sharing experiences, and of course drinking and eating! So keep an eye out for the Student Mixer in the Conference Program.

Student on Council: The student on council serves a two-year term and is an active part of the WDA council. This student attends all council meetings held at WDA annual international conferences as well as taking part in teleconferences and email discussions and planning throughout the year. The student on council is also the Chair of the Student Activities Committee and ensures that students' interests are well represented within WDA. Students are elected to this position, along with the other members of council, by by e-mail or mail ballot. This position is an excellent opportunity to interact with other WDA members, learn how a professional organization is run, and become a part of all the planning and hard work that goes in to making the WDA a great association.

Students in Volunteer Roles: Students now serve on most committees of the Wildlife Disease Association.

The organizing committees of some annual conferences have scheduled student/mentor sessions where they pair student members with experienced members for an exchange of ideas.

Funds raised at the annual auction that occurs at the Association and some Section conferences often are directed to support student activities.


Student Chapters of the WDA

Information on how to start a student chapter as well as information on existing student chapters.