The Student Subsection of the Education Section of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) is seeking applicants for the 2016 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 Student Subsection 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.