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2017 Undergraduate Travel Assistance Award

The Student Subsection of the Education Section of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is seeking applicants for the 2017 Undergraduate Travel Assistance Award (UTAA). The UTAA is designed to introduce undergraduate students to AFS and increase participation at the Society level. The UTAA will help defer travel costs to the Annual Meeting and fund AFS membership. Four undergraduate students will be selected to receive the award ($500) at the Education Section Business Meeting. Selection of awardees will be based on involvement in student and professional organizations and rationale for attending the meeting. The UTAA provides a great opportunity for undergraduate students to network with peers and professionals within AFS and immerse themselves in aquatic science and research that is being conducted by other society members.

Recipients are expected to attend all student-related activities at the annual meeting including, but not limited to, the student colloquium, career fair, awards luncheon, Education Section business meeting, and Student Subsection business meeting. In addition, recipients will participate in a mentoring program with graduate students and are expected to write a short summary of meeting experiences. Travel funding will be withheld if these requirements are not met.

Applicants must be undergraduates at the time of the Annual Meeting. Applicants who anticipate graduating prior to the Annual Meeting will not be considered.

Email the completed 2017-UTAA-Application and any other requirements to [email protected] no later than May 1, 2017 at midnight CDT. Don’t pass up this great opportunity!


Fellowship opportunity for graduate students studying coldwater fisheries or streams as part of their thesis or dissertation

Michigan State University graduate students are invited to apply for a Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited (SWMTU) Graduate Fellowship, up to $3,400, administered by the MSU Graduate School. This fellowship was established in 1987 by Sis Schrems, whose husband, Cornelius “Cornie” Schrems’, was a founding member of Trout Unlimited. The goal of the fellowship is to engage MSU graduate students in conducting research that will have an impact on enhancing, protecting and preserving Michigan’s coldwater fisheries and streams resources.   

Applications for this graduate fellowship are due by March 3, 2017 to Dr. Bill Taylor at [email protected].

Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate student at MSU, in good standing, and working on coldwater fisheries or streams as part of their thesis or dissertation. Additionally, the applicant must demonstrate a dedication to trout fishers and have excellent academic credentials, evidence of leadership abilities, the ability to communicate to the public and to effectively solve problems.

The application information required for this nomination includes the following:

  • Cover letter which states education and career goals as they relate to the mission of Trout Unlimited and the Schrems Chapter
  • A CV detailing academic and personal experiences
  • Detailed description of the research being investigated related to Michigan’s coldwater fisheries or their streams
  • Letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor

For more information, please contact:

William W. Taylor, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Professor in Global Fisheries Systems

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

Michigan State University

115 Manly Miles Building

1405 S. Harrison Rd.

East Lansing, MI 48823, USA


[email protected] (email)

517-353-3048 (office phone)

517-290-7790 (cell phone)

517-432-5066 (fax)

Funded Master’s Thesis Research Opportunity

The project will involve evaluating the effectiveness of anadromous fish passage (e.g., brook trout, river herring) after installation of a steeppass fishway at the Beaver Lake dam in Mill Neck, NY. The student will receive a $4000 stipend funded by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant and will be involved in installation of monitoring equipment, fish tagging and release, maintenance of equipment during monitoring period, and data analysis. Two seasons of data collection should provide sufficient data for a thesis. Funding period is from January through May 2017, although research participation is anticipated to begin Fall 2016. Student must be matriculated into Hofstra University Graduate Program in Integrative Biology ( Internal funding opportunities are also available. Contact Dr. Peter Daniel (516-463-6718, [email protected]).


Hi all!

We had 23 student participants from SUNY-ESF, SUNY Oneonta, Wells College, SUNY Morrisville and Cornell University (see attached agenda). The absolutely annoying cold and rain chased about 10 of our registrants away!  We had to abbreviate some of our planned instruction due to the uncomfortable weather conditions.  However, the program was very well received overall, and I think the evaluations and photos reflect that.



Tom Hughes

Natural Resource Steward Biologist
Central and Finger Lakes Regions
NYS OPRHP – Central Region
6105 East Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
office – 315-492-1756
cell – 315-350-1717
fax 315-492-3277
[email protected]


University of Florida – Continuous Recruitment – Graduate Opportunity click here


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