Oregon Chapter
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Scholarship Information

OR AFS Student Scholarships
DEADLINE: December 31, 2011
Scott Heppell (Scott.Heppell@oregonstate.edu)

The Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is proud to announce a competition for four student scholarships: one each for associate, undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral student categories.  The goal of these scholarships is to further the objectives of AFS by rewarding and promoting the education and development of future fisheries professionals. Each of these scholarships is awarded at the discretion of the OR AFS Scholarship Committee and ExCom (typically annually).

Each scholarship award will consist of a check for $2,000 , an award certificate, professional recognition at the Annual Meeting and in Fisheries and the Piscatorial Press, and the usual student perks of reduced registration and opportunity for group lodging at the Annual Meeting. Scholarships will be formally awarded at the upcoming OR AFS Annual Meeting, which recipients are expected to attend. 


  1. Applicant must be enrolled in or have been accepted for admission into a degree program within the state of Oregon

  2. Applicant’s major field of study must be relevant to fisheries science

  3. Applicant must be a current member of OR AFS, but may join AFS and the Oregon Chapter at the time of the scholarship application (see Oregon Chapter AFS website: www.orafs.org)

  4. Applicant must not have been awarded the same Oregon Chapter AFS Scholarship in the previous year


  • Commitment to attend the upcoming Annual Meeting to receive award, if selected (scholarship funds can be used to defray meeting costs and future AFS membership fees).

  • Provide a 1-page “Fishery Feature” to the Piscatorial Press relating to your use of scholarship funds and/or fishery experiences during the scholarship year.


  1. A 1-2 page essay describing how your academic and professional development has and/or will contribute to the AFS objectives of:

    •  Advancing the conservation, development, and appropriate use of fisheries resources;

    • Promoting the development and advancement of fisheries science;

    • Gathering, interpreting, and disseminating scientific and technical information about fisheries; and

    • Encouraging the teaching of fisheries science in colleges and universities


    You are encouraged to include undergraduate and graduate experience or research, along with volunteer and work experience to demonstrate the relevance of your professional development to the objectives of AFS. Essays may also describe any grants, honors, or awards you have earned; or the influence of a class project or how you think your future contribution to fisheries science issues will promote the objectives of AFS. Essays will be judged based on the ability to communicate your ideas in writing and how well your goals and experience align with the objectives of AFS.  

  2. Copies of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended in the previous two years (photocopies of official transcripts will be accepted).

  3. Two letters of recommendation from mentors, or other professionals, one of which must be an AFS member. The letters should address the potential of the applicant to be a productive member of AFS and to contribute to fisheries science.

The OR AFS Carl Bond Memorial Student Scholarship
DEADLINE: December 31, 2011
Scott Heppell (Scott.Heppell@oregonstate.edu)

The Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society offers the Carl Bond Memorial Student Scholarship to honor and continue the legacy of the great Oregon ichthyologist Dr. Carl Bond.  This coveted scholarship is awarded periodically (not necessarily annually) at the discretion of the OR AFS Scholarship Committee and ExCom, to reward and encourage outstanding Oregon AFS student members to support work that emphasizes native Oregon fishes in a fashion consistent with Dr. Bond’s legacy (see background below).  In recent years the award has been $5,000. 


  1. Student member of AFS and Oregon Chapter

  2. Graduate student in a field of study relevant to fisheries science

  3. Conducting research directly related to native Oregon fishes

  4. Minimum 3.5 GPA

  5. Have not previously won this scholarship


  • Commitment to attend the upcoming Annual Meeting to receive award, if selected

  • Commitment to present results of work funded by the Carl Bond award at a future Oregon Chapter AFS meeting

  • Provide a 1-page “Fishery Feature” to the Piscatorial Press relating to your use of scholarship funds and/or fishery experience

    during the scholarship year.


  • A cover letter that introduces yourself and includes description of the above minimum qualifications

  • A 1-page CV

  • A 2-page description of your project, including elements that discuss how the work honors Dr. Bond’s legacy

  • All graduate school transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a current Oregon Chapter AFS member

  • A budget that details how you intend to use the funds

Recipient will receive a check and acknowledgement during the Oregon Chapter AFS Annual Meeting.

Background – Dr. Carl Eldon Bond

Carl Eldon Bond, 87, passed away in Corvallis on Nov. 12, 2007. Carl was an active member and fellow in many professional organizations, including the American Fisheries Society, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the Gilbert Ichthyological Society, and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. Carl was one of the Oregon Chapter AFS’ original members. He attended the very first Oregon Chapter AFS meeting and held several Oregon Chapter AFS Executive Committee positions, including President during 1966-1967.

Carl received his bachelor’s degree in 1947 and master’s degree in 1948 in fisheries and wildlife from Oregon State College. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan in 1963. In 1950, he joined the faculty of the Oregon State University Department of Fish and Game Management (later Fisheries and Wildlife) and remained with the Department throughout his career. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1985.

Carl’s professional interests ranged widely and included much of the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. His ichthyological knowledge of the region was unmatched, particularly for the little-known fishes of Oregon’s desert. As a crowning achievement, Carl poured his lifetime of knowledge of fishes into the master textbook “Biology of Fishes”, which is still one of the standard texts in fish biology.

Among his awards, Carl was named “Oregon Scientist of the Year” in 1983 by the Oregon Academy of Science. He received the American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence in 1998 and it’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000. He was also honored by the Desert Fishes Council.

Of all his accomplishments, Carl was most proud of his students. During his long career he mentored 63 graduate students; 15 doctoral and 48 masters. Many of these students went on to distinguished careers of their own. Memorial articles, contributed by several of Carl’s past students and colleagues, can be found at the Oregon Chapter AFS website (www.orafs.org).

The Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship
DEADLINE: February 1, 2012
Howard Williams,

This fellowship was created by AFS in 2007 to honor the memory of Steven Berkeley, a dedicated fisheries scientist with a passionate interest in integrating the fields of marine ecology, conservation biology, and fisheries science to improve fisheries management.  Berkeley was a long-time member of AFS and a member of the first Board of Directors of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation. The fellowship comprises a competitively based $10,000 award to a graduate student actively engaged in thesis research relevant to marine conservation.  Research topics may address any aspect of conservation; a focus on fisheries issues is not required. 

For more information and application requirements see:  http://fishweb.ifas.ufl.edu/mfs/index_files/Berkeley_Fellowship.htm

Send electronic applications and recommendations, to be received no later than February 1, 2012.

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