The Burns lab recently traveled to Chicago to attend the annual meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society. Kevin presented a talk co-authored with former students Allison Shultz, Pascal Title, and Nick Mason summarizing their work on tanager diversification. Luke Klicka received a student travel award to present his results on Bell’s Vireo phylogeography and conservation genetics. There were lots of great talks at the meeting, including a symposium on new and exciting methods in collections-based research. Former Burns lab student Nick Mason presented some results from his MS thesis during this symposium. In addition, former Burns lab student Allison Shultz won a presentation award for her work on House Finches that she is undertaking for her PhD at Harvard. In total, seven past and present Burns lab students were at the meetings this year.