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.
**PLEASE NOTE: The current 2021 Annual Meeting plan is for a live meeting to take place on November 6-10, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. There will also be a hybrid/online component to the meeting; registration options will be posted on the AFS website in the spring. Meeting information will to be updated as needed, based on COVID travel restrictions.
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 June 2021 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:
Eagle Fish Genetics Lab
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
1800 Trout Road
Eagle, ID 83616
Application Form and Instructions below: