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Student Rep's Corner: Haley Dutton

By Haley Dutton

It's been a busy spring semester in Auburn, filled with classes, presentations, and regional societal meetings! I trust everyone enjoyed their own regional meeting. Personally, I found the Southeastern Society of Parasitologists meeting, co-hosted with HelmSoc, particularly enjoyable— catching up with colleagues we usually only see at ASP. As some of you dive into the summer field collecting season, others may find themselves either relieved or busily crafting cover letters and polishing resumes for jobs, graduate programs, or post-doc applications. This year's ASP meeting and student symposium will hopefully resonate with both undergraduates exploring parasitology and those considering their future career paths. I would like to invite our student members to explore a different facet of parasitology at our upcoming ASP student symposium. Join us as we delve into the intricate relationships between parasites and their hosts, exploring their biology, ecology, and host effects. Engage with experts like Dr. Alistair Dove, DVM, Director at Jacksonville's Museum of Science and History (MOSH), and Micah Bakenhaster, Assistant Research Scientist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who will share their insights, stories, and experiences that showcase how parasitology has shaped their careers. This symposium promises to foster a deeper understanding of aquatic animal health and parasites. It's a fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge and network with peers, with a mixer to follow.

In the fall newsletter, I highlighted the importance of attending regional and national society meetings. However, I'd like to shift focus to societal service. As students, we may not always consider societal service; however, if you enjoy participating in ASP you should also serve the society. At the upcoming student business meeting, nominations will be requested for committees such as Business Advisory, Awards, Education, Public Relations, Membership, and Student Representative. Joining these committees offers valuable involvement beyond attending the annual meeting and submitting papers to the journal. If you plan on remaining in the society next year, I strongly encourage you to nominate yourself for a committee. I've gained significant insights from serving on ASP committees, and I hope to continue contributing to ASP upon completing my PhD. See you in Denver!


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