General Information

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a summer mentoring program for high school students sponsored by the American Fisheries Society. The principal goal of the Hutton Program is to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, including minorities and women. Application to the program is open to all 11th and 12th grade high school students regardless of race, creed, or gender. Students selected for the program are matched with a professional mentor in their area for a summer-long, hands-on experience in a marine or freshwater setting. A scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to each student accepted into the program.

Questions? Please visit If you have further questions, contact Beverly Pike, Director of Student and Professional Development at or at 301.897.8616, ext. 213.

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program was named in honor of the late Dr. Robert F. Hutton. Dr. Hutton was the American Fisheries Society’s first Executive Director, serving from 1965-72, and the AFS President from 1976-1977. In addition to his significant contributions to AFS, Dr. Hutton was a renowned marine fisheries administrator with the National Marine Fisheries Service and was known for his support of youth education as a dedicated member of the National Conservation Committee of the Boy Scouts of America.


All current 11th and 12th grade high school students are invited to apply to the Hutton Program, and applications from women and minority students are especially encouraged. Students selected for the program enjoy an eye-opening, hands-on experience in fisheries science for 8 weeks in the summer, mentored by local fisheries professionals. Among the many activities a student could assist with are stream sampling, seining, electrofishing, fish tagging and tracking, ecosystem restoration, public education, angler surveys, and laboratory analyses of fish to determine age and growth. All students selected for the Hutton Program are awarded a $3,000 scholarship. The Hutton Program is now in its tenth year. This past summer, 35 students participated in the program. Many Hutton alumni are now studying fisheries or a natural resources discipline in college. To learn more about the Hutton Program, please explore the other Hutton pages.

Questions? Contact The Hutton Program Coordinator, Kathryn Winkler.


Since the Hutton Program began in 2001, over 270 mentors have taken part in the Hutton Program. AFS is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated mentor applicants who are willing to introduce high school students to the dynamic world of fisheries science. Students selected for the program are awarded a $3,000 scholarship from AFS.

Since the Hutton pairs students with mentors within a reasonable commuting distance, we strongly encourage mentor applicants to recruit qualified student applicants from their local high schools. To view and order materials to help in recruiting, click on ‘Promotional Material Request’.

Mentors are allowed and encouraged to co-mentor with other fisheries professionals in the same or another host organization, in order to give students a broad view of the many dimensions of fisheries science. We welcome mentor applicants from municipal, state, federal, provincial, tribal, university, private, and non-governmental facilities in all states, commonwealths, and territories of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

To learn more about the Hutton Program, please explore the links on this page.

Questions? Contact Beverly Pike, Director of Student and Professional Development


Partners lend support in one or more ways, including: funding, recruitment, and advertising efforts, providing and supporting mentors, and providing additional opportunities to the students after they have graduated from high school.

The following partners have provided significant financial support for the Hutton Program:

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • Education Section AFS
  • NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Northwest Marine Technologies, Inc.
  • USDA Forest Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The following organizations have provided public outreach for the Hutton Program and opportunities for Hutton alumni:

  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS)
  • Equal Opportunities Section AFS
  • National Association of Biology Teachers
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact The Hutton Program Coordinator, Kathryn Winkler.

Promotional Materials

AFS is happy to provide brochures, posters, and CD slideshows to mentor applicants, guidance counselors, teachers, and others for their use in recruiting. Since the Hutton Program matches students with mentors in their communities, mentor applicants are encouraged to recruit qualified students from local high schools before the application deadline of February 15, 2010. Mentors and others are most effective in their recruiting efforts when they contact high school guidance counselors and biology teachers, and make visits to high school biology classes, particularly advanced courses.

Feel free to browse the brochure and poster.


The Hutton Program has a total of 321 Hutton Alumni. According to the 2008 Annual Hutton Alumni Survey: 12% of Hutton Alumni have undergraduate degrees in fisheries or biology, and of those students: 47% are pursuing advanced degrees in fisheries or biology.

Opportunities: Recruitment for WH Partnership Education Program


  • A great place to search for fisheries-related internships is the Student Conservation Association (SCA) website:
  • SCA Internship page:
  • SCA Search for an Internship page: Go to the bottom of the page and click on “search for more positions on-line.”



Be sure to check back soon, as we will be adding new scholarship, internship, and other opportunities to the alumni section.