Student Events

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Students play a vital role in the American Fisheries Society, representing future professionals responsible for conservation of our aquatic resources around the world. Students are encouraged to participate in these events to get the most out of their AFS 2016 Annual Meeting experience.

Best Student Paper and Poster Symposium

The Best Student Paper Symposium will be held Monday afternoon, August 22, 2016, and Tuesday morning, August 23, 2016. The Best Poster Symposium will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016, in the evening. Award recipients will be announced at the AFS Business Meeting on Tuesday, August 23, 2013.

Wild Jobs Café

Students are invited to join mentors on Tuesday afternoon for a speed mentoring session prior to the Student Social Event Tuesday evening. Mentors from all walks of the fisheries profession will be on hand for face to face interaction, answering questions and relaying advice on what it takes to land that first job. Throughout the conference, students can also peruse current job opportunities available and get familiar with the qualifications needed for jobs at all levels
in the fisheries field.

Student Networking Event – Cowboy Up

The AFS 2016 Student Social will be at PBR Big Sky from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Located in the Kansas City Power & Light District, with more than 50 unique and captivating shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues, PBR Big Sky is Missouri’s favorite “Cowboy Bar.” Join students from across the nation while enjoying music, drinks, and KC-BBQ; or cowboy up, try your hand at the “toughest sport on dirt” and see if you can stay on the in-house mechanical bull for a full 8 seconds.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to assist during presentations, posters, events, and much more. A minimum of one 4-hour commitment is required. Eligible student volunteers will be paid $10.00 per hour to help defray their meeting costs. Sign up to be a volunteer when you register for the conference. Contact Greg Pitchford at [email protected] to volunteer.