Student Opportunities

The Travel Funding for the Kansas City 2016 Annual Meeting  has been awarded.  The announcement for 2017 funding will be posted in Spring 2017.

Student Travel Award

The Estuaries Section of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) offers two financial awards: one for a doctoral student, and the other for a Master’s or exceptional undergraduate student, in support of their attendance at the AFS Annual Meetings.

Priority will be given to students who are presenting their own research at the conference (in an oral or poster presentation), are AFS Estuaries Section members, and have a demonstrated financial need.

Application procedures
1. Interested students must submit a Curriculum Vitae, and a 1-2 page letter of application describing: (a) educational and professional background, including involvement with AFS, (b) description of research and how it will be presented at the meeting (or if not presenting, how research will benefit from attending the meeting) (c) interest in pursuing a career related to the goals of the Estuaries Section ( and (d) a statement of financial need. The letter must include all contact information including mailing address, telephone number(s) and e-mail address.

2. The application package must also include a letter of advocacy from an academic advisor or other appropriate faculty member at the student’s college or university. This letter should state (a) why the student deserves the award and (b) corroborate the need for the award.

3. Complete application packages should be sent electronically to:
Karin Limburg
Questions may be directed to either Karin ((315) 470-6741 or email), Abigail Archer (, or Lynn Waterhouse ( or


Selection procedures
All applications received by the deadline are reviewed by a committee representing the Executive Committee of the Estuaries Section. The applications will be judged on the relevance of the research work to the mission of the Estuaries Section, the student’s involvement with AFS, how the student’s career goals align with the goals of the Estuaries Section, financial need, and the letter of recommendation.

Awards and notification
Those selected for awards are notified by telephone or e-mail. The Award is presented (by check) at the AFS Annual Meeting during the Estuaries Section reception and business meeting (venue and time TBD). The awardees will also be asked to write an article about their research for publication in the Estuaries Section newsletter.