Student Involvement

About Student Membership

Students enjoy a reduced rate for SSE membership. Join today!

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Visit the Diverse Careers Committee website for useful information from members of the Society for the Study of Evolution and related societies regarding career paths for MS students and PhD students getting their degrees in the broader field of evolutionary biology.


Student Council

Join the SSE Graduate Student Advisory Council!

The SSE Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) is in search of two additional PhD student members to serve in the 2019 cohort! Applicants should be organized, outgoing, and possess leadership skills. The GSAC represents student interests to the Council and facilitates interaction among students and between students and mentors. Our goal is to become a source of information for students to use both during their graduate school career and as they make career transitions.

The primary role of all GSAC members is to communicate with the SSE's graduate student membership and liaise with the SSE Council on their behalf. One GSAC member per cohort will be chosen to attend Council meetings. GSAC organizes multiple networking and professional development events for the summer Evolution meeting. Secondary roles include maintaining social media to facilitate networking among SSE student members, assisting in review of Rosemary Grant Award applications, and assisting with initiatives lead by other SSE committees. Other secondary roles are continuing to be established, and ideas are welcome! Students will serve either a 2 or 3 year term. Please see the GSAC structural document for more details about requirements and current roles.

To apply, please submit a one page statement of interest, focusing on the ideas you would like to bring to council, and a copy of your CV to: by April 15, 2018.


GSAC at the Evolution 2017 meeting
From left: Jodie Wiggins, Melissa E. Kemp, Aide Macias Muñoz, Megan Kobiela, Cathy Rushworth, Daren Card


To reach us, email with any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas!



Current SSE GSAC Council Members


a Jodie Wiggins
Member 2017-2019, Chair 2018
I am a PhD candidate at Oklahoma State studying the evolutionary ecology of color. I am interested in how color drives evolutionary change and how evolution drives color changes. I currently study a conspicuous color signal in juvenile male Crotaphytus collars (the eastern collared lizard).



Megan Kobiela
Member 2016-2018, Chair 2017
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota studying how animals respond to toxins, both natural and anthropogenic in origin.



Daren Card
Member 2017-2018
I am a PhD student in Todd Castoe’s lab at the University of Texas, Arlington, where I am working to understand the genetics of adaptation in natural vertebrate populations.



José Cerca
Member 2018-2019
I am a PhD student in Evolutionary Genomics and Zoology at the University of Oslo (Norway). I study evolutionary processes and genome architecture in cryptic species complexes.


Liz Lange
Member 2018-2020, Chair 2019
I am a PhD candidate at Florida State University studying the maintenance of variation in life history and behavioral strategies in fish.



Melissa Plakke
Member 2018-2019
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh where I am currently studying reproductive coevolution and its potential for driving speciation in butterflies.


Student Awards

Graduate Research Excellence Grants

W. D. Hamilton Award

T. H. Huxley Award

R .A. Fisher Prize

Outreach grants

Graduate/Postdoc Travel Awards

International Committee Travel Awards


Past GSAC Members 



Cathy Rushworth
Member 2013-2017, Chair 2013-2016





Melissa E. Kemp
Member 2016-2017





Aide Macias Muñoz
Member 2016-2017





Karl Grieshop
Member 2014-2016


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