For deserving graduate students or exceptional undergraduate students to attend the AFS Annual Meeting

2018 Skinner Memorial Fund recipients with AFS President Steve McMullin.


Call for Applications

John E. Skinner Memorial Fund Award

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 Reno, Nevada September 29 to October 3.

Any student who is active in fisheries or related aquatic disciplines, and has not previously won a full Skinner award, 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 meeting.  Travel support up to US$800 will be made available to successful applicants.  Award winners also receive a one-year paid membership to AFS.

This year we are initiating an online application process for the Skinner Award.  As in previous years, there are two parts to the application—Part I, which should be completed by the student applicant and Part II, which should be completed by the applicant’s mentor (usually the applicant’s faculty advisor).  Both Part I and Part II are below.

There is a specified word limit for your response to each question below. Please limit your response to the specified number of words or fewer.  Additional material will NOT be considered. Your application will be evaluated based on four criteria: 1) AFS involvement, 2) Professionalism and leadership, 3) Reason to attend the Annual Meeting, and 4) Faculty advisor’s input from Part II.

Both Part I (Student) and Part II (Advisor) must be completed no later than 1 May 2019 at midnight PST for the application to be considered for the Skinner Award.  Upon receiving a complete application (i.e., both Part I and Part II), the Skinner Committee chair (Julianne Harris) will acknowledge receipt by an email to the applicant. If you do not receive this email within 5 days of submission, it is your responsibility to contact the Skinner Committee chair to ensure that your application was received. You will be notified of the results prior to the meeting’s early registration deadline.

The Awards Committee is dedicated to AFS goal of increasing diversity and inclusion within our Society. As part of this effort, we highly encourage nominations for individuals from historically underrepresented groups in the fisheries field.

For more information about the John E. Skinner Award or application process, contact:

Julianne Harris
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
1211 SE Cardinal Court, Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98683
Phone: 360-604-2551
[email protected] (preferred)

Application Form and Instructions below:

The nomination period for this award has closed.

The nomination period for this award has closed.