Student Opportunities

2020 Student Travel Award Competition

The Estuaries Section of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is pleased to offer 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 2020 Annual MeetingThe meeting is scheduled for August 30 – September 3 in Columbus, Ohio. The amount of each award will be $400. If no Ph.D. students apply, or vice-versa, we reserve the right to award two travel grants in the other category. 

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 

Interested students must submit: 

  1. Curriculum Vitae

  2. Letter of application (1-2 page) 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)
    Interest in pursuing a career related to the goals of the Estuaries Section 
      (d) Statement of financial need. The letter must include all contact information including mailing address, telephone number(s) and e-mail address.

  3. Letter of advocacy from a supervisor, 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
      (b) Corroborate the need for the award
      (c) How the student’s work or goals contribute to the goals of the Estuaries Section 

Complete application packages (in a single PDF document) should be sent via email with “Estuaries Section Student Travel Award Application” as the title to: Catherine Johnston ([email protected]). Questions may be directed to Catherine Johnston ([email protected]) or Lynn Waterhouse ([email protected]).

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, May 31, 2020. 

Selection procedures

All applications received by May 31, 2020 are reviewed by a committee representing the Executive Committee of the Estuaries Section and past travel award winners. 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 will be notified by telephone or e-mail no later than June 14, 2020. Once notified, if you are giving a talk or poster, please submit the abstract and time information to Catherine Johnston ([email protected]) so we can promote your work.   

To help alleviate some of the upfront costs for awardees, the Estuaries Section may send your check prior to the conference. For this to occur, two things are required: (1) a letter stating that you, the student, need the money prior to the conference and that you, the student, will reimburse the Estuaries section in full if you do not attend the conference for any reason signed by yourself and your major advisor; and (2) the student must submit proof of payment of the registration fee for AFS. 

The awardees will be recognized at the AFS Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio during the Estuaries Section reception and business meeting on Sunday, August 30, circa 4 PM (exact time and venue TBD). Thus, we strongly encourage the winners to plan to be there. The awardees will also be asked to write an article about their research for publication in the Estuaries Section newsletter. Awardees will also be asked to serve on a future travel award selection committee.