The OCAFS Midwest Travel Award

One award totaling $400 is available to students who are members of OCAFS and are presenting at the upcoming Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Des Moines, Iowa!

OCAFS is sponsoring the Midwest Travel Award for $200 to a student member of OCAFS that is presenting at the upcoming Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. The winner of this award will also be Ohio’s recipient of the North Central Division's Joan Duffy Award, which provides an additional $200 match, for a total of $400. You can read more on the Joan Duffy award at .

To be considered for these awards, you must:

  1. Be a student member of OCAFS. If you're not a student member yet, you can join for free by filling out the student membership online form.
  2. Have an accepted abstract to the 2024 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference.
  3. Submit your accepted abstract to OCAFS at [email protected] by December 15th, 2023.

Abstracts will be judged by the OCAFS governing board and winners will be notified by January 12, 2024.

OSU Stone Laboratory Fish-Sampling Techniques Workshop
OCAFS annually awards two full scholarships to attend this workshop. Interested students need to submit a 1-page statement summarizing interest in the workshop, academic and professional accomplishments to date, any financial needs, and/or how you believe the workshop may enhance your path towards a professional career in fisheries or natural resource management.  More detailed information about the workshop can be found here.

Milt Austin Award
2022 was the 25th year that OCAFS has offered the Milt Austin Aquatic Science Award at the Ohio State Science Fair, which is held annually at The Ohio State University.  OCAFS members judged the presented projects and selected the following students as winners:

  • 1st place ($150): Matthew Devine - The University School - College Prep - Chagrin Falls
  • 2nd place ($100): Josie Jennings - 10-Global Impact STEM Academy - Springfield
  • 3rd place ($50): Margaret Brady - Beaumont School - Cleveland Heights
  • Honorable Mention ($25): Keyuri Perisha - St. Mary Central - Martins Ferry