Student Writing Awards

The Parent American Fisheries Society (AFS) holds an annual writing contest to recognize students who do an excellent job communicating the value 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). 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. (For examples of past winning papers, see Fisheries 26(12):30 and Fisheries 27(1):39.) Read More>

Skinner Memorial Award

The John E. Skinner Memorial Fund was established in memory of John Skinner, former Chapter and Western Division American Fisheries Society President.  The fund provides monetary travel awards for deserving graduate students or exceptional undergraduate students to attend the American Fisheries Society (AFS) annual meeting.

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 meeting.  Travel support (final amount is yet to be determined, but at least up to $600 per award) will be made available to successful applicants.  Award winners will also receive a one year paid membership to the American Fisheries Society. Read More>


Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.

~ Og Mandino