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

2022 Skinner Fund recipients with AFS President Leanne Roulson.

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.

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. In the event of a student electing to attend virtually, conference registration will be covered. Award winners also receive a one-year paid membership to AFS.

There are two parts to the online application—Part I, which should be completed by the student applicant and Part II, which should be completed by the applicant’s mentor/faculty advisor. Links for Part I and Part II are below.

Please limit your response to the specified number of words for each question. 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 in Part II.

Part I (Student) and Part II (Advisor) must be completed no later than 1 April 2023 at midnight PST for the application to be considered for the Skinner Award. Upon receipt of a complete application, the Skinner Committee Chair 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 travel award or application process, contact the John E. Skinner Award Chair:

John Hargrove
Eagle Fish Genetics Lab
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
1800 Trout Road
Eagle, ID 83616
[email protected]

2023 award nominations should be submitted online: