Student Activities

AFS Encourages Students to Participate


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Student Reception — All Aboard the Portland Spirit!

The AFS 2015 Student Networking Event will occur aboard the Portland Spirit (a 150 foot cruising Yacht!) on the evening of Tuesday the 18th. Come join your fellow fisheries students for an evening of food, beverages, dancing, and the scenic view. The Portland Spirit will board near the Salmon Street Springs Fountain in Tom McCall Waterfront Park (where Salmon Street meets Naito Parkway/Front Avenue). We will begin boarding the boat at 6:30 and cruise along the Willamette River from 7-9:30 pm.  Please bring your meeting badge and a student ID for admission as well as appropriate age verification if you choose to imbibe.
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A nautical costume theme will be in effect for this event. Apparel and/or accessories befitting a yacht captain, yacht party attendee, sailor, sea captain, pirate, fisher, Team Zissou etc. are highly encouraged!  Arghhh!
As there is a limited capacity on the boat, this event will be operated on a first-come first-served basis. Event attendees will be directed to a nearby venue (TBA) if they wish to continue networking after the boat ride.

Student/Mentor Lunch & Career Fair

There will be a student/mentor luncheon followed by a “job fair” on Tuesday 12:00 – 2:00 pm (Portland Ballroom #252 at the Oregon Convention Center). During the luncheon, students will have an opportunity to meet and network with professionals who will provide occupational information and career advice. The job fair will provide a setting for employers to meet with prospective job seekers.

Once you’ve registered for the meeting, please take our Student/Mentor survey to let us know that you are participating and what kind of mentors you’d like to talk to:

Check out our Awards Page

  • Stephen Weithman Award: The award will be presented for the best platform or poster paper presented by a student at the annual AFS meeting. Completed papers will be judged on content, originality, organization, contribution to the field of fisheries science, and overall presentation of the study. The winner will receive $150 and an award certificate following the annual AFS meeting. Click to learn more.
  • John E. Skinner Memorial Fund: The John E. Skinner Memorial Fund provides monetary travel awards (up to $800 per award) for deserving graduate students or exceptional undergraduate students to attend the AFS annual meeting. Click to learn more.

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