Estuaries Section wants YOU – for a student travel award winner!

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 2016 Annual Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for August 21-25, 2016 in Kansas City, MO. The amount of each award will be $400.

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 (http://estuaries.fisheries.org/2015/09/01/welcome/) 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
klimburg@esf.edu
Questions may be directed to either Karin ((315) 470-6741 or email), Abigail Archer (aarcher@barnstablecounty.org), or Lynn Waterhouse (waterhlz@gmail.com or lwaterho@ucsd.edu).

4. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Monday, June 6, 2016.

Selection procedures
All applications received by June 6, 2016 will be 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 20, 2016. The Award will be presented (by check) at the AFS Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO during the Estuaries Section reception and business meeting on Sunday, August 21, at 4 PM (venue TBD). The awardees will also be asked to write an article about their research for publication in the Estuaries Section newsletter.

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