Call for Section Award Nominations




The American Fisheries Society (AFS) Excellence in Fisheries Education Award was established in 1988. The award is administered by the Education Section and is presented to an individual to recognize excellence in organized teaching and advising in some aspect of fisheries education. Nominees may be involved in extension or continuing education, as well as traditional college and university instruction. Nominees must be AFS members, have been actively engaged in fisheries education within the last five years, and have had at least 10 years of professional employment experience in fisheries education. Two or more people may act as nominators, but at least one nominator must be an AFS member. The nominator(s) is responsible for compiling supporting material and submitting the application. The suggested format for applications can be found on the Education Section web site. Please include in the nomination letter, the nominee’s title and full contact information (i.e., address, e-mail, phone, etc.) to complete the package.
Nomination deadline is April 1, 2020
Contact: Trent Sutton, Committee Chair
Email: [email protected]


The John E. Skinner Memorial Fund was established in memory of John Skinner, former California-Nevada Chapter and Western Division AFS President. The fund provides monetary travel awards for deserving graduate students or exceptional undergraduate students to attend the AFS annual meeting. The 2019 meeting will be held in Columbus, Ohio in September 2020.
Any student who is active in fisheries or related aquatic disciplines is eligible to apply. Awardees are chosen by a committee of the AFS Education Section. Selection is based on academic qualifications, professional service, and reasons for attending the 2020 meeting. Travel support (up to $800 per award) will be made available to successful applicants. Award winners will also receive a one year paid membership to the American Fisheries Society.

Student and Mentor Application Forms are available at:

Both the student and mentor applications must be must be received no later than April 1, 2020.

For more information about the John E. Skinner Award:

Contact: John Hargrove, Committee Chair
Email: [email protected]



The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted until March 16, 2020, for the J Frances Allen Scholarship for a female doctoral fisheries student. The J Frances Allen Scholarship was established in 1986 to honor Allen, who pioneered women’s involvement in the AFS and in the field of fisheries. The scholarship fund was established with the intent of encouraging women to become fisheries professionals. The qualified applicant must be a female PhD student conducting aquatic research in line with AFS objectives and be an AFS member as of December 31, 2019.
Eligibility: The qualified applicant must be a female PhD student who was an AFS member as of December 31, 2019. The applicant must be conducting aquatic research in line with AFS objectives, which include “all branches of fisheries science, including but not limited to aquatic biology, engineering, fish culture, limnology, oceanography, and sociology”. Typically, this award is given to a student who has completed preliminary exams.

Application: To apply, submit items A through D:
• Resume with information in the following format:
» Educational history: degrees, grade point average for each degree (overall and in major), relevant courses taken
» Professional experience: positions held, levels of position, years of experience at each level
» Publications: separated into refereed and other
» Presentations: “first author” implies you presented it, “second author” assumes you did not, specify if otherwise
» AFS participation: year joined, meeting attendance and participation, committee involvement, presentations at AFS meetings
» Transcripts from all institutions of higher education: include enrollment in PhD program. Please include transcripts with your application, do not have them sent separately. You may scan an official transcript as long as it is of high quality.
• Dissertation research proposal: do not exceed 4 single spaced pages (excluding title page, abstract, and references). The proposal must be submitted in the following single-spaced format with headings:
» Title page: with project title, area of research (genetics, modeling, ecology, etc.), applicants name and affiliation
» Abstract: not to exceed one-half page, describing research proposed
» Introduction: Including project justification and background
» Specific objectives and hypotheses if appropriate
» Summary of procedures/methods: justification for choices including preliminary testing and references
» Expected and preliminary results
» Significance of research: include anticipated application of findings
» Literature cited: follow Transactions of the American Fisheries Society format
• Three letters of recommendation: One must be from the applicant’s major advisor and one must be from an AFS member. Each letter should address 1) the applicants promise as a fisheries scientist, 2) the potential of the applicant to complete their proposed work and 3) significance of the applicants proposed research to the advancement of fisheries science. If those writing letters prefer- they may email letters separately to the address below, but they must be received by the deadline and should contain the applicants name along with J F. Allen Scholarship in the subject heading. Please include in the nomination letter, the nominee’s title and full contact information (i.e. address, e-mail, phone, etc.) to complete the package.
Please contact the Committee Chair if you have any questions. Send electronic applications and recommendations (preferably in one mailing), to be received April 1, 2020, to:
Megan Sabal, Committee Chair
Email: [email protected]
Subject: J Frances Allen Scholarship

An application will not be reviewed if any part is missing or it is received after the deadline.
Criteria for selection: Selection will be made by the J Frances Allen Scholarship Committee of the AFS Equal Opportunity Section. Proposal reviews by scientists in appropriate fields will be solicited by the committee. Awardee will be selected on a competitive basis with an emphasis placed on research promise, scientific merit, and academic achievement. Submission of an application acknowledges the applicant’s acceptance of the Committee’s decision as final.

Public Announcement and Notification: Public announcement of the recipient will be made at the 2019 AFS Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada. In addition a written announcement will appear in Fisheries and the recipient will receive an official letter of award. The recipient is encouraged to present the results of their research at an Annual Meeting of AFS. It is expected that the research findings will be published in an appropriate fisheries journal upon project completion, at which time the support from this scholarship and AFS will be acknowledged.


The AFS Equal Opportunities Section is leading an effort to increase participation in the Society by graduate and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups, including women and minorities. Travel awards not exceeding $500 each will be awarded on a competitive basis to assist at least one graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) and one undergraduate student with expenses incurred while attending the Annual Meeting. We will provide as many awards as we have funding (typically 3). Funds are not distributed in advance. Students must be present at the Equal Opportunities Society section business meeting at the Annual Meeting to receive the funds.

The EOS encourages application from students who have not attended AFS meetings in the past. We will support award recipients during the meeting through orientation and mentorship, if desired by the student. There are wonderful networking opportunities, technical sessions, continuing education, trade show displays, and career/job opportunities, and graduate school opportunities at the meeting. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please complete the entire form below and send by email or mail by April 3, 2020:
Zach Penney
Email: [email protected]


Recognizes students for excellence in the communication of fisheries research to the general public. Undergraduate and graduate students are asked to submit a 500- to 700-word article explaining their own research or a research project in their lab or school. The article must be written in language understandable to the general public (i.e., journalistic style). The winning article will be published in Fisheries. Students may write about research that has been completed, is in progress, or is in the planning stages. The papers will be judged according to their quality and their ability to turn a scientific research topic into a paper for the general public and will be scored based upon a grading rubric (check the AFS website on the main awards page for the grading rubric). For examples of past winning papers, see Fisheries 32(12):608&609 and Fisheries 34(1):39) Please include your full contact information (i.e., address, e-mail, phone, etc.) to complete the package.

Submission deadline: April 1, 2020
Contact: Mark Fincel
Email: [email protected]



The Invasive and Introduced Species Section (IFS) of the American Fisheries Society will be awarding travel funds ($500) to support student travel to the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada in September 2019.  Any student receiving funds must be a member of the Introduced Fish Section, give an oral or poster presentation on research involving introduced aquatic species, and attend the IFS Business Meeting.  Winners will be selected and notified prior to the meeting.  All eligible students (PhD, MS, or undergraduate) are encouraged to apply.

The completed application form (max 3 pages) plus a brief Curriculum Vitae (an additional max. 3 pages) must be returned by email no later than August 7, 2019 to the Chair of the Selection Committee:

Contact: Steven Butler

Email: [email protected]



This fellowship was created by AFS in 2007 to honor the memory of Steven Berkeley, a dedicated fisheries scientist. Berkeley was a long-time member of AFS and a member of the first Board of Directors of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation. The fellowship comprises a competitively based $10,000 award to a graduate student actively engaged in thesis research relevant to marine conservation; a focus on fisheries issues is not required. Please use the current application requirements at the link below, as revisions have been made recently.
For more information and application requirements see:
Send electronic applications and recommendations, to be received no later than March 1, 2020 to

Sue Sogard, Committee Chair

Contact: Mary Webb Banning, AFS Application Coordinator

Email: [email protected]



Presented to an AFS member who goes the “extra mile” in sharing the value of fisheries science/research with the general public through the popular media and other communication channels. Two or more individuals may act as nominators, but, at least, one nominator must be an AFS member. Entries must include a biographical sketch of the nominee (not to exceed 3 pages) and supporting evidence of communicating the value of fisheries issues/research to the general public through the media and other communication channels, plus any evidence of teaching others about communication with the public. Please include in the nomination letter, the nominee’s title and full contact information (i.e. address, e-mail, phone, etc.) to complete the package. Nominations should be submitted electronically by PDF attachment to an email.

Nomination deadline: April 1, 2020

Contact: Julie Claussen


For specific awards, please contact the award committee chair.  For general questions, please contact your AFS Staff Representative Lauren Maza.