Student Opportunities

2017 Student Travel Award

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 2017 Annual Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for August 20-24 in Tampa, FL. 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
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

4. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Monday, June 5, 2017.

Selection procedures

All applications received by June 5, 2017 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 will be notified by telephone or e-mail no later than June 22, 2016. The Award will be presented (by check) at the AFS Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL during the Estuaries Section reception and business meeting on Sunday, August 20, 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.