Travel Awards

Funds for graduate student travel are revenue from the sale of the salmon poster created by artist David Ehlert. The salmon poster fundraiser has been possible due to the incredible service and donation of Professor Tom Quinn, David Ehlert, graduate students, Jodie Little, Danielle Mitchell, and Donna Hauser, and several other students of the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

Uses of Funding

This money is limited to covering travel costs and registration fees for professional conferences where the graduate student is presenting (poster and/or oral). Appropriate uses of FINS money include airfare, train fare, mileage reimbursement, lodging, food, and conference registration. Funding priority will be given to those students who are doing oral presentations. The student should follow the application procedures described below.

Application Process


FINS will offer travel grant(s) to matriculating SAFS graduate students each quarter when funds are available (dependent on success of fundraising efforts).  Demonstration of service to the FINS or SAFS community is required to be eligible for a travel grant.  No more than five grants will be awarded per quarter.  At the beginning of the quarter, FINS officers will announce the availability of travel grants.  To apply for an award, SAFS graduate students should submit a completed  application to the FINS treasurer via email or campus mail.  All applications received prior to the application deadline will be evaluated according to the criteria described below.  Any remaining grants after this initial deadline will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

Because so many individuals have donated their time and energy to help raise this money for the SAFS graduate student body, FINS asks that, in addition to typical application materials, awardees demonstrate how they have contributed to the department and/or community. Refer to the application form for complete details of requirements. FINS officers will review applications and students will be notified of funding decisions by email within one week following the submission deadline.  Students are only allowed to apply and receive funding during the quarter in which the conference occurs; funds will not be awarded retrospectively.  Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  The application form is available here.

Criteria for Funding

Currently enrolled, matriculating SAFS and SAFS-affiliated graduate students who have demonstrated service to the FINS and/or SAFS community are eligible to receive awards.  Amount of the award depends on availability of funding and student needs; awards are for up to $300.  Funding is contingent upon quality/completeness of the application and whether the student has identified and obtained additional funding from other sources to completely cover conference costs.

Applications received before the application deadline will be evaluated according to the following criteria (in order of importance):

1) Priority is given to students who have never before received FINS travel funding.

2) Priority is given to students giving an oral rather than a poster presentation.

Any applications received after the initial application period will be evaluated on a first-come- first-serve basis.

Receiving Funds

Students who are notified that they have been awarded funding should contact the FINS treasurer for details concerning reimbursement of conference costs. Students must submit a conference program or similar documentation, showing required presentation, to the FINS treasurer following the conference.



Travel Award Recipients 

Spring 2017
Tim Cline
Mathis Messager
Winter 2017
Jessie Hale
Beth Phillips
David McGowan
Fall 2016
Michelle Chow
Lindsay Almaleh
Courtney Fiamengo
Spring 2016
Mike Vlah
Madi Gamble

Winter 2016
Peter Kuriyama
Dan Gillon

Fall 2015
Erica Escajeda
Jenn Lang

Summer 2015
Emma Hodgson
Laura Koehn
Beth Phillips

Spring 2015
Merrill Rudd – Wakefield Symposium: Tools and Strategies for Assessment and Management of Data-Limited Fish Stocks

Winter 2015
Donna Hauser – Alaska Marine Science Symposium
Dave McGowan – Alaska Marine Science Symposium

Autumn 2014
Wesley Larson – Western Society of Naturalists
Stuart Munsch – National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration

Summer 2014
Daniel Hernandez – International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health
Megsie Siple – American Fisheries Society

Spring 2014
Louisa Harding – Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
Rachel Hovel – Joint Aquatic Science Meeting
Charlie Waters – Coastwide Salmonid Genetics Meeting


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