The IBA Student Forum began in 2004.  Since then, IBA students have formed a strong bond with the goal of helping other students studying bears around the world.

IBA Student Membership

All students who benefit from the IBA should be members. The IBA does not run on air, and we need your help and support to bring you the things you enjoy most about this organization! Remember, IBA provides grants to a variety of research projects and many of those grants benefit students. In order to receive any type of IBA grant, you must be an IBA member Student membership is $45/year, but we also provide you with an option for a reduced rate of $25 USD if you cannot afford the regular student rate. Please see our Membership Page, and become a part of the IBA!

What are the Benefits if I’m a Student?
  • Meet IBA professionals through special sessions and discussion forums
  • Get input on proposals or field challenges
  • Assistance with conference housing
  • Mentoring for future IBA involvement
  • Great meals at Student Sessions during IBA conferences
  • Make friends for life
What are the Benefits if I’m a Professional?
  • Become a mentor
  • Assist with student activities
  • Contribute to discussion forums
  • Eat free meals at the Student Sessions
  • It keeps you young

Join Truman, the Student Discussion Group!

Truman, the Student List Serve, is a Google Discussion Group, with over 100 student members from around the world. We have IBA professionals who supervise the group, and contribute to questions asked by students, or help with input. Mostly, however, Truman is the communication link between IBA’s students, and keeps them in touch between our international conferences. It’s free, so join now!

  • For students working at the graduate level, or that are involved with a bear-related research project
  • Discussions pertaining to bear biology, management, or study design challenges
  • Assistance with proposals and study design through IBA professionals
  • Job searches, announcements, information regarding the IBA and student membership
  • Planning for IBA student activities and meetings
  • IBA membership is encouraged, but not required for initial sign-up

If you are not a member of Truman, then click below to join. You will receive an email from the group with instructions within a few days (this is not automated, so thanks for your patience!). For problems or additional inquiries contact Brian Scheick.

Brian Scheick, IBA Student Coordinator

Bear Research Program
Fish & Wildlife Research Institute

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
1105 SW Williston Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32601-9044

352-334-4219