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What is it Like to be a Warnell Student?

You may need a good pair of boots. 

This will make more sense after your first lab, where you may find yourself out at Whitehall Forest walking a line marked between a row of trees, or looking under stumps for salamanders. These are some of the experiences that make Warnell so special, but our students have access to events, clubs, and other programs throughout the year that help them connect to friends and potential employers in the future.

Here are a few ways Warnell is special.

School Events

Every fall, Warnell hosts an orientation event specifically for Warnell students. This is a great opportunity to connect with students, learn about clubs, and meet new faculty and staff members. Warnell also hosts career events throughout the year, including a fall event that allows students to make connections for summer internships as well as a spring social that connects students with alumni and potential employers in a casual setting.

Guest speakers, club meetings and morning biscuit events throughout the semesters also offer opportunities for our students to connect and learn more about their chosen major.

Internships

We believe in hands-on learning, and internships play a key role in the student experience. Many employers seek interns through Warnell and interview students at the school each semester—for many, these summer opportunities turn into jobs after graduation. Our students may spend their summers combing the beach for sea turtle nests, trekking through the wilderness with a group of campers, or walking through the forests to inventory timber. In some cases, an internship may count as a course credit (but please talk to your advisor before pursuing this option).

Internship opportunities are posted on the Warnell Job Board.

Study Abroad

Warnell's Discover Abroad program is students' first stop when exploring courses beyond our Athens campus. Discover Abroad offers study abroad and service-learning programs on the theme of "sustaining human societies and the natural environment" in Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. These classes are open to any UGA student, but are specifically designed to fit within Warnell's programs.

Learn More about Discover Abroad

 

STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Warnell students are some of the most active on campus. Find a variety of clubs within Warnell that reflect your interests and major—this is a great way to meet other students and also connect with professionals in your chosen field.

Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors represent the school at functions such as Homecoming, Georgia Forestry Association’s Legislative Day, and recruiting trips throughout the state. Ambassadors receive leadership and professional development training, and also mix and mingle with alumni and leaders in the forestry and natural resources professions. Benefits include

  • Build close connections with Warnell faculty, staff, alumni, and fellow students
  • Interact with leaders from the private and public sectors
  • Receive leadership training and certification
  • Special recognition at alumni and school events
  • Warnell swag! Every ambassador receives Warnell-branded clothing and other professional items.

Selection criteria:

  • Enthusiasm for the Warnell School and natural resources professions
  • Awareness of the importance of internal and external relationships to the school
  • Commitment to meet monthly as a group
  • Willingness to attend functions outside of school hours

See our current Ambassadors

 

AWRA: American Water Resources Association

If you are interested in learning a non-traditional aspect of forest resources or are just enthusiastic about water quality and the environment, then the American Water Resources Association was made for you. AWRA participates in quarterly stream sampling, the Adopt-A-Stream program, and Project Wet. 

OFFICERS: 2021-2022

Co-president Tess Thompson Therese.Thompson@uga.edu
Co-president Morgan Kerpics Morgan.Kerpics@uga.edu
Vice President Caleb Sytsma caleb.sytsma25@uga.edu
Treasurer David Richards david.richards25@uga.edu
Secretary Yannie Donaldson yannie0214@gmail.com
Advisor Dr. Todd Rasmussen trasmuss@uga.edu

Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Society

The PRTM Society is dedicated to the understanding and implementation of sustainable recreation and tourism in natural resources through education, outreach, and fellowship.

OFFICERS: 2021-2022

President    
Vice President    
Secretary    
Treasurer Madalyn Kuhn mek19722@uga.edu
Outreach & PR Rachel Bink rwb76357@uga.edu
Advisor Dr. Kyle Woosnam woosnam@uga.edu
Advisor Dr. Bynum Boley bboley@uga.edu

SAF Forestry Club

The SAF Forestry Club, which is affiliated with the national Society of American Foresters (SAF), is designed to help students learn more about their future careers while having fun and socializing with people of similar interests. The Club is involved in a variety of school activities as well as the intercollegiate ASFC Conclave event. Conclave is a competition among 15 colleges and universities with forestry programs across the Southeast. Students compete in a variety of physical and technical events, including log birling, log chopping, crosscut saw, dendrology, and timber volume estimation.

OFFICERS: 2021-2022

President Mason Adams mwa94176@uga.edu
Vice President Conner Day Ced42096@uga.edu
Treasurer Wynn Howard lwh05061@uga.edu
Firewood Chair Michael Strickland

Mds15485@uga.edu

SAF Chair Thomas Humphries Trh47714@uga.edu
Advisor Bronson Bullock bronsonbullock@uga.edu

Student Association of Fire Ecology

SAFE at UGA is a student-led organization that promotes the application of fire ecology through science and education. We provide UGA students from diverse backgrounds with an open forum on fire ecology through which research can be shared, networks formed, and funding and information resources accessed.

OFFICERS: 2021-2022

President Whittier Watts whittier.watts@uga.edu
Vice President Karlin Edwards karlin.edwards@uga.edu
Treasurer Ben Comfort ben.comfort@uga.edu
Fire Crew Liason Ream Thomas ream.thomas@uga.edu
Advisor Dr. Doug Aubrey daubrey@uga.edu

UGA Fisheries Society

A student sub-unit of the American Fisheries Society

The UGA Fisheries Society was formed in 1994 and became an official sub-unit of AFS in 2000. Members share an interest in fisheries, ecology, limnology, and other disciplines involving aquatic resources. The club has an active schedule that includes informative seminars, community service projects, and fun activities. 

OFFICERS: 2021-2022

President Joel Yeager jyeager@uga.edu
Vice President Jackson Glomb Jackson.glomb@uga.edu
Treasurer Rachael Byrne Rachaelb@uga.edu
Fundraising Rachael Byrne  
Secretary Jacob Daley Jacob.Daley@uga.edu
Outreach Jacob Daley  
Advisor Dr. Robert Bringolf bringo@uga.edu
Advisor Dr. Martin Hamel mjh50785@uga.edu

HERP: UGA Herpetological Society

The University of Georgia Herpetological Society was founded in 2005. In addition to hosting regular speakers from across the country, the society provides live animal outreach programs to groups in the community, sponsors field trips to nearby locations and regional Herp Society meetings, and provides an outlet for herpetological husbandry, research and conservation among UGA students and staff. Membership is open to anyone; to join, please email club advisor Dr. John Maerz.

OFFICERS: 2021-2022

President Max Seldes max.seldes@uga.edu
Vice President Seamus O'Brien Seamus.obrien@uga.edu
Graduate Co-chair Alex Hall alexander.hall1@uga.edu
Graduate Co-chair Cyndi Carter ccarter@uga.edu
Outreach Coordinator Ben Thesing Bthesing@uga.edu
Advisor Dr. John Maerz jcmaerz@uga.edu

Warnell Pre-Vet Club

The Warnell Pre-Vet Club is aimed at providing opportunities and resources for pre-veterinary students who would like to specialize in wildlife/exotics/zoological medicine. While the club originally formed as an outlet for Wildlife Pre-Veterinary majors, we are inclusive of all majors interested. We have speakers, volunteer opportunities, and help put on a few events every semester.   

OFFICERS: 2021-2022

President Lauren Ward lew57369@UGA.EDU
Vice President Lyssa Blair lrb55586@uga.edu
Treasurer Farhatul (Farha) Choudhur fjc68957@uga.edu
Outreach Kathryn (Kate) Jules kathryn.jules@uga.edu
Secretary Linh Voong lmv62843@uga.edu
Event Planner Sommer Hipple sah01730@uga.edu
Community Service Chair Kaitlin Dees kld83363@uga.edu
Social Chair Sydney Talley sat44075@uga.edu
Advisor Dr. Sonia Hernandez shernz@uga.edu

The Wildlife Society

This club is the student chapter of The Wildlife Society and is involved in several functions during the year, such as the annual Wildlife Dinner, where students can sample a variety of exotic game dishes. The highlight of the year is the Wildlife Conclave, a competition among several universities from the Southeast in wildlife-related events. Some of the events include skeet shoot, obstacle course, kayaking, bow & arrow shoot, quiz bowl, and a drawing contest.

OFFICERS: 2021-2022

President Donovan Robar dhr69852@uga.edu
Vice President Lavendar Harris lrh73564@uga.edu
Treasurer Max Seldes mas04069@uga.edu
Secretary Abigail Hooks alh27384@uga.edu
Events Coordinator Morgan Lyons mnl50453@uga.edu

 

Advisor Dr. Michael Kohl michel.kohl@uga.edu
Advisor Dr. Chris Cleveland ccleve@uga.edu

Xi Sigma Pi: National Forestry Honor Society

The Society’s objectives are to promote a high standard of scholarship, to work for the improvement of forest resource professions, and to foster a fraternal spirit among those engaged in forest-related activities. Membership is by invitation; requirements include a 3.0 GPA in professional coursework and an honorable personal character. Xi Sigma Pi is an active service organization.

OFFICERS: 2020-2021

President Ben Protzman bwp67123@uga.edu
Associate Forester/Vice President Sarah McNair sfm42228@uga.edu
Treasurer Jack Derochers jed19391@uga.edu
Secretary Cristina (Marci) Marciales cmm77509@uga.edu
Advisor Dr. Joseph Conrad jlconrad@uga.edu
Advisor Dr. Christian Montes crmontes@uga.edu

 

The Cypress Knee

Warnell's annual yearbook, The Cypress Knee was established in the 1930s by the Forestry Club to unite the members of the school. It stopped publication in 1972, but in 2012, students reestablished this tradition. Our student clubs play a large role in developing the content of each year's book.

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