2019 Klumb-Spindler Student Travel Awards

Klumb-Spindler Student Travel Awards

The New York Chapter and the Northeastern Division of the American Fisheries Society are offering student travel awards to attend their joint annual meeting, February 6-8, 2019 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, in Poughkeepsie, NY. These awards promote student research and facilitate student interaction with fish and aquatic community in New York and the north eastern region. We encourage all students to apply regardless of the stage of their research. ‘Project idea talks’ are often well received. High school, college undergraduate, or graduate students presenting either an oral presentation or poster are eligible. Travel award decisions are based on application answers, abstract clarity, and content. Awards include a $150 check and free meeting registration. Recipients are asked to attend the business meeting (Feb 7) to accept their award.

The annual meeting’s theme is “Fish on the Move”. Presentations on any topic are welcome for the contributed sessions.

Application (3 parts):

  1. Pick an issue or problem in fisheries that interests you. In 300 words, describe the issue and two different positions or perspectives of stakeholders, management or anyone involved in the issue. (examples: harvest allocation: commercial vs sport fishers, stocking nonnative species, overfishing, water diversion)
  2. List one individual that works in the north eastern fisheries & aquatic community that you would like to talk to at the meeting and why. This must be someone you do not currently work with or study with. This person does not have to be attending the meeting and could be a graduate student, agency scientist, technician, or professor. (150 words).
  3. Your submitted presentation which includes: title, abstract, authors, author affiliations.

Email application to:

Brian Weidel, Student Subunit Chair, [email protected] (formats: .doc, docx or .pdf)

Application Deadline: January 11th, 2019

  • If submitting more than one presentation to the meeting, please pick one to use in your travel award
  • Make sure you receive a confirmation from [email protected] that your application was received
  • Applicants must also submit their presentations in the online registration, applying for this award does not register you for the meeting!


About the Klumb-Spindler Travel Award: The New York fisheries community lost two beloved colleagues in 2013. Dr. Robert Klumb, the lead research biologist for the USFWS Great Lakes Plains Office, and Maegen Spindler, a USFWS technician, had just finished a 12-hour day of fish sampling on the Missouri River when they were killed by a drunk driver. Maegen grew up in central New York and received a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from SUNY-ESF while Rob, a Milwaukee Wisconsin native, received his PhD from Cornell University working on Alewife bioenergetics. Both were active in the New York Chapter and this award commemorates their dedication to fostering student involvement in fisheries and the New York aquatic community.