Events

Student Opportunities

Student Ambassadors

The Annual ISA International Conference and Trade Show offers students a great opportunity to network with industry professionals, learn about new topics and technology, and meet fellow arboriculture students from around the world.

How to apply

ISA Student Ambassador Program

ISA will award up to 10 student finalists with fully paid registration for the 2019 ISA Annual International Conference and Tradeshow and three nights of hotel accommodations. Student Ambassadors are required to attend a set of scheduled events. The events include, but are not limited to, the conference opening ceremony, informal career fair on the trade show floor, focus groups, and social and networking events. Some meals will be provided. Ambassadors will have plenty of free time to fully experience the conference.

AREA Student Travel Grant

AREA will award travel grants to five top AREA Student Travel Grant applicants. Grant recipients residing in North America will receive $500 (USD). Grant recipients residing outside North America will receive $750 (USD). All recipients of this grant receive fully paid registration for the 2019 ISA Annual International Conference and Tradeshow.

Student Travel Grant winners will give a 10-minute presentation to an audience of academics, researchers, and others during the AREA sessions at the conference. Applicants are required to submit a presentation abstract (summary) in the grant application. The abstract submitted will be the basis of their conference presentation and needs to be relevant to the AREA sessions. In addition, grant recipients will be asked to submit an article about their conference experience and attend the AREA meeting.

Note: The AREA Student Travel Grant application requires submission of a presentation abstract/summary of 250 words or less. Applicants may want to prepare their abstract prior to completing the application. (Preference will be given to students who demonstrate presenting results of their research.) Additionally, a letter of support from a professor or faculty advisor must be submitted to membership@isa-arbor.com.

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Student Ambassador Program and AREA Student Travel Grant.

Student Program

Students may attend any sessions and/or events; however, the below list is recommended for student registrants. Note: some events require a separate ticket. See a full conference schedule here.

The following events might be of particular interest to students:

Time Agenda Location Audience
Friday, 9 August
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm International Tree Climbing Competition (ITCC) Lakeshore  Park All Students
Saturday, 10 August
9:00 am - 4:00 pm International Tree Climbing Competition (ITCC) Lakeshore Park All Students
Sunday, 11 August
8:30 am - 2:30 pm International Tree Climbing Competition (ITCC) Lakeshore Park All Students
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Student Kickoff Meeting Knoxville Convention Center All Students
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Arboriculture Celebration Knoxville Convention Center All Students
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Welcome Reception on the Trade Show Floor Knoxville Convention Center All Students
Monday, 12 August
7:00 am - 8:00 am  Light Breakfast, Coffee & Networking Cumberland Concourse All Students
8:00 am - 8:30 am ISA President and Local Chapter Welcome Knoxville Convention Center All Students
8:30 am - 9:30 am Featured Keynote 1: Steve Curwood, Living on Earth Knoxville Convention Center All Students
9:30 am - 5:00 pm All-Day General Education Sessions Knoxville Convention Center All Students
9:30 am - 5:00 pm Trade Show Floor Open, Climbers' Corner, Poster Presentations Knoxville Convention Center All Students
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Student Presenter Session Knoxville Convention Center All Students
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Women in Arboriculture Hilton All Students (Ticket Required)
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm AREA Meeting and Student Social Calhoun's on the River All Students
(Ticket Required)
Tuesday, 13 August
7:30 am - 9:00 am Light Breakfast, Coffee & Networking Cumberland Concourse All Students
9:00 am - 11:00 am All-Day General Education Sessions Knoxville Convention Center All Students
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Trade Show Floor Open, Climbers' Corner, Poster Presentations Knoxville Convention Center All Students
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Featured Keynote 2: Lynda V. Mapes, Witness Tree Knoxville Convention Center All Students
Wednesday, 14 August
7:30 am - 8:00 am Light Breakfast, Coffee & Networking Cumberland Concourse All Students
9:00 am - 3:00 pm AREA and General Education Sessions Knoxville Convention Center All Students