Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association

The Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association is a resource for fisheries and wildlife graduate students to enhance their education and enhance the community.


  • To improve communication among graduate students and faculty of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.
  • To enhance the exchange of ideas and collaboration among graduate students and to promote and endorse their work.
  • To expand and diversify the range of educational experiences available to graduate students.
  • To increase opportunities for professional development of graduate students.
  • To articulate the needs of graduate students and advocate their views in the department, college and university.

Events Calendar


2022-2023 FWGSA Officers

Co-Presidents: Fang-Yu(Betty) Shen and Lauren Diaz

Treasurer: Lindsay Millward

Secretary: Cara Appel

Faculty Representatives: Liam Egan and Rahiza de Thomas

New Student Liaison: Maggie Hallerud

Communications and Outreach Officers: Vic Quennessen and Lara Mengak

Social Coordinators: Anna Kennedy and Jasmine Williamson

Coalition of Graduate Student Employees (CGE) Steward: Kenneth Loonam

Agriculture Executive Council Representative: Jeremy Rockweit


The Research Advances in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology Symposium (RAFWE)

The Research Advances in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology (RAFWE) is a student-run symposium which showcases research, extension, and outreach activities conducted by faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and researchers from OSU's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, related departments at OSU and other colleges and universities, and state and federal agencies. Learn more...


Fisheries and Wildlife Mentorship Program

Need research support? Interested in mentoring budding scientists? Consider joining the Fisheries and Wildlife Mentorship Program, which was established to facilitate scientific and professional training for students at OSU with interests in the fields of fisheries, wildlife, and ecology. This is primarily achieved through a mentor-mentee pairing process, which connects undergraduate students seeking research experiences and professional training with graduate students and Postdocs capable of providing such professional development opportunities. Learn more...


Student Resources 

Mental Health and other Resources
Check out these on-campus, media, and self-care resources for mental health, as well as potential funding sources, parental leave information, and a preliminary grad student guide. 

Graduate Students' Favorites List
Don't get out much? Take a look at our favorites list for local restaurants, hiking hot spots, and other forms of entertainment.

F&W Social Events Listserv
This e-mail list is separate from the department listserv and is designed for grad students to invite each other to fun, informal, and non-departmental events. Sign up now! 

Graduate Course Guide and Recommendations
Struggling to put together your plan of study? Check out our ever-growing list of recommended courses and seminars by other F&W graduate students.

American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society Oregon Student Chapters
Our undergraduate peers have developed an outstanding organization that offers multiple opportunities for personal development and activities.


Cutest Pet Photo Contest! 

Your votes were counted, and our winner for the 2021 Cutest Pet Photo Contest was Kaya!

Kaya is a 16 year young "kitten". She enjoys headbutting, playing fetch with hair ties, striking fierce model poses (see photo in the right sidebar), basking in sunbeams, and cuddling. Quirky Fact: She is OBSESSED with male body odor and will try to jam her head under the arm of any unsuspecting au naturale armpit. She is convinced this is the world's best eau de parfum and is shameless when trying to acquire it. She's basically the best little walnut-brained furry companion anyone could ask for.

Stay tuned for our 2022 cutest pet photo contest!

FW Grads Poster (2021-2022)