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- Student Support Committee:

The student support committee assists deserving students with financial support to aid in their professional development. Good fishing depends on young fish being added to a population each year. Likewise, recruitment of top-notch students as fisheries professionals is essential if Missourians are to enjoy quality fishing in the future. Among the Chapter’s most important projects is the Student Support Trust Fund, which is designed to assist budding students with their aquatics professional journey; interest from the trust fund is spent supporting aquatic science studies in Missouri’s colleges and universities.


 

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Congratulations to our 2017/2018 award winners:

Best student poster: Jeff Williams (MSU)
Best student paper: Kyle Kuechle (MU)
Joe G. Dillard Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship: Cheyenne Stratton (MU)
Student Achievement Award: Elisa Baebler (SEMO)
Duffy Memorial Travel Award: Michael Moore (MU)

 

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MOAFS Student Awards

To assist promising aquatics students, the Chapter distributes monetary awards for the following:

Joe G. Dillard Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship – seeks to support up-and-coming aquatics professionals during their undergraduate studies in Missouri. Requirements: (i)application form, (ii) resume, (iii) cover letter, (iv) school transcript, and (v) letter of recommendation. Applications due by December 1 to MOAFS Student Support Committee via electronic submission (email to moafsstudents@gmail.com ) or paper copies can be mailed to 3500 E Gans Road, Columbia, MO 65201.

Duffy Memorial (Mid-West Fish & Wildlife Conference) Travel Award – The Missouri Chapter and North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society sponsors a travel grant to the annual North Central Division fisheries meeting in conjunction with the Mid-West Fish & Wildlife Conference. The grant covers up to $200.00 for travel expenses and registration. Requirements: (i) application form, (ii) resume, (iii) cover letter, and (iv) letter of recommendation. Applications due by December 5 each year to: MOAFS Student Support Committee via electronic submission (email to moafsstudents@gmail.com ) or paper copies can be mailed to 3500 E Gans Road, Columbia, MO 65201.

Student Achievement Award - recognizes combined excellence in academic achievement and extra-curricular involvement in the fisheries or aquatics field by a student attending a Missouri college or university. Requirements: (i) application form, (ii) resume, (iii) cover letter, (iv) school transcript, and (v) letter of recommendation. Applications due by December 1 to: MOAFS Student Support Committee, c/o Jacob Westhoff, 3500 E Gans Road, Columbia, MO 65201. Electronic submissions can be sent to moafsstudents@gmail.com.

MO Natural Resources Conference – Best Student Presentation: MOAFS will recognize one aquatic poster and one aquatic platform presentation presented by a student at the annual MNRC conference. If you are a student and are presenting aquatics related research, please contact the Student Support Committee, moafsstudents@gmail.com, to ensure that you are considered for this award. A year membership to AFS parent society and MOAFS are awarded as prizes.

Regional and National AFS opportunities

Janice Lee Fenske Scholarship - provides a $500 scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student attending the annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. For more information visit the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Equal Opportunities Section (EOS) Awards -  includes several awards providing travel funds to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, and some recognizing female leadership in conducting aquatic research.

Education Section & Student Subsection of Education – includes several awards providing travel funds to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Visit American Fisheries Society for more information  

Additional annual meeting travel awards may be available here.

Additional scholarship opportunities

Stegner scholarship – established to provide major financial aid to encourage and assist students in various areas of natural resource management.  $1000 scholarship funded by the Conservation Founda tion of Missouri Charitable Trust, MOAFS has the honor of selecting the ‘Fisheries’ recipient. Online applications are preferred. Deadline is January 31

Charles P Bell scholarship – awards include a $600 graduate scholarship, $500 undergraduate scholarship, and $250 educational grants for elementary, high school, or youth groups.  Funded by the Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust. Deadline is Jan. 15

Morrow scholarship - established to provide major financial aid to encourage and assist Missouri graduate students in various areas of natural resource management. $1000 scholarship funded by the Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust, MOAFS has the honor of selecting the ‘Fisheries’ recipient. See application form for details. Deadline is January 31.

Minority Natural Resource Scholarship - established to provide financial aid to encourage and assist minority students who are interested in a career in natural resource management, especially in the fields of Fisheries, Wildlife, Forestry, Parks and Recreation and Soil or Water Conservation. The Foundation’s goal is ultimately to increase cultural diversity in Missouri’s state and federal natural resource agencies. Deadline is January 31. Online applications preferred. Deadline is January 31.

Award Winners

Student Achievement Award
2011
Ethan Kleekamp (Truman State)
2012
DeAnna Anglin (MU)
2013
Michael Moore (MU)
2014
Ryan Hupfeld (SEMO)
2015
Terry Gerke (UCM) and Sierra Comer (MS&T)
2016
Corey Dunn (MU)
2017
Tyler Ham (SEMO)
2018
Elisa Baebler (MU)

 

MNRC Best Student Presentation - Platform
2012
Jason Harris (MU) 
2013
Jason Harris (MU)
2014
Emily Pherigo(MU)
2015
Corey Dunn (MU)
2016
Jacob Schwoerer (MU)
2017
Julia Guyton (MU)
2018
Kyle Kuechle (MU)

 

MNRC Best Student Presentation - Poster
2012
Andrew DeWitt (MSU)
2013
Sean Zeiger (MU)
2014
Leslie Crawford (MU)
2015
Matt Schrum (MU)
2016
Kayla Key (MU)
2017
Nicole Weedman (MSU)
2018
Jeff Williams (MSU)

 

Joe G. Dillard Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship
2016
Joe Chilton (MSU)
2017
Cheyenne Stratton (MU)
2018
Cheyenne Stratton (MU)

 

Mid-West Fish & Wildlife Conference Travel Award
(Duffy Travel Award)
2011
Jake Faulkner (MU)
2012
Landon Pierce (MU)
2014
Nicholas Sievert (MU)
2015
Kyle Bales (SEMO)
2016
Chris Schwinghamer (SEMO)
2017
Corey Dunn (MU)
2018
Michael Moore (MU)

 

 


Student Membership Information

There are many opportunities for students within the American Fisheries Society. This includes reduced (or free!) memberships in sections of the Society, scholarships, awards, and job opportunities.

American Fisheries Society

Cost: $25.00 which includes access to online journals and InfoBase. Membership application can be found on the society Web page.


Section memberships that are FREE for students:

Fisheries Information and Technology
Education Section
Fisheries Management

The Society also has a Student Subsection under the Education Section.

North Central Division: The Missouri Chapter of AFS is in the NorthCentral Division of AFS. All Missouri members are part of the NorthCentral Division.

Missouri Chapter

Cost: $10
Membership application can be found on here.


MOAFS Student Subunits

MOAFS has four official student subunits; membership requirements are different at each university.  See their websites or Facebook pages for membership info requirements.  Students not attending a university with an official subunit are encouraged to become MOAFS chapter members to receive up-to-date information pertaining to students. 

University of Missouri – Columbia

Missouri State University – Springfield

University of Central Missouri – Warrensburg

Southeast Missouri State University– Cape Girardeau

Information for subunits and their members...
Frequently Asked Questions:  a quick reference document with students’ commonly asked questions.

 


Miscellaneous Information

Aquatics-Oriented Annual Conference Schedule

AFS Hutton Junior Fisheries Biologist Program

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Contact info for the MOAFS Student Support Chair:

Jennifer Girondo

moafsstudents@gmail.com

3220 Hwy 185 South

Sullivan, MO 63080

573-468-3335 ext. 6604