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Biodiversity Career Event


Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Event Details

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Intended Audience:  This event is open to all undergraduates and recent grads that are biology curious! We especially encourage applications from members of marginalized groups.

Workshop Location: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20560.

Workshop Dates:  This opportunity is two events in one! You can register for one or both as they each highlight different aspects of careers in biodiversity and museum science. 

 Career Shadowing Day: Friday, April 21, 2023

During this hands-on experience, participants will get the opportunity to shadow a museum professional at the Smithsonian.  Find details including information on all the shadowing experiences here


Career Workshop Day: Saturday, April 22, 2023 

On day two participants are invited to a full-day workshop, including a catered lunch and reception, to learn about navigating a pathway to the career you want and includes a catered lunch and reception. This day will also include a workshop for accompanying faculty on incorporating digital natural history collections into undergraduate courses.

Event Application

This opportunity is at no cost to attendees, but travel support/lodging is not included.  Registration is required and spaces are limited. Acceptance will be first-come-first-served, so apply today!  

Outreach Materials:


Friday Career Shadowing Day, 21 April 2023 

11:00 - 11:50        Check-in

12:00 - 12:10         Welcome

12:10 - 12:20         Intro and logistics

12:20 - 12:55       Lunch and networking activity

1:00 - 3:30             Career shadowing activities

3:30- 4:00              Day 1 wrap-up

4:00 - 5:30            Museum scavenger hunt/ independent exploration time 


9:00 - 9:30          Breakfast/meet & Greet

9:30 - 9:35            Welcome from host museum

9:35 - 9:45            Intro and logistics

9:45 - 10:00         Introduction to museum/biodiversity research

10:00 - 10:35       Keynote 1

10:40 - 11:15       Keynote 2

For accompanying faculty -- 10:00 - 11:15:  Using natural history collections resources in undergraduate courses

11:15 - 12:30     Lunch (provided) and networking with museum professionals

12:30 - 1:00         Opportunities for education, travel and research in biodiversity science

1:00 - 1:35           Applying to graduate school

1:35 - 2:00           Q&A

2:00 - 2:15           Career panelist preview

2:15 - 3:15           Career panel and networking session

3:15 - 3:30         Break

3:30 - 5:00        Reception 


Saturday Career Workshop, 22 April 2023 

Visit our past workshops pages to learn more about these events. More details for the 2023 workshop are coming soon! 

For questions regarding the event, please contact Anna Monfils at

The event is in collaboration with the Smithsonian, Central Michigan University, Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education (BLUE), Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC), American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT), the Society of Herbarium Curators (SHC), the Botanical Society of America (BSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF; DBI 1746715, DBI 1730526, DEB 2138730).


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under DBI 1730526. Any opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 

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