The Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference Award

Are you planning on presenting at the upcoming Virtual MWFWC taking place February 1-4, 2021? If so, you can now apply to win one of three $75 awards OCAFS is sponsoring this year to cover the cost of registration.

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 2021 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference.
  3. Submit your accepted abstract to OCAFS Leadership Committee Chair Nick Radabaugh at [email protected] by January 15, 2021!

Abstracts will be judged by the OCAFS governing board and winners will be notified by January 22, 2021.

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
2021 was the 24th 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.  For more information, visit the 2021 State Science Day website here. Award recipients for 2021 are as follows:

  • 1st place ($150): Gia Guessford (10th grade) - Can Goldfish (Carassius auratus), Representing the Invasive Asian Carp, be Trained to Move to a Specific Location Using Sound, (in Hertz), to Rid Them From an Affected Area?
  • 2nd place ($100): Madison Stairhime (10th grade) - The Effects of Pollution on Carassius auratus
  • 3rd place ($50): Ethan Varner (11th grade) - The Effects of Increased Phytoplankton Population on Dissolved Carbon Dioxide and Marine Life
  • Honorable Mention ($25): Anthony Long (8th grade) - Nanosilvers and Pond Life
  • Honorable Mention ($25): Connor Martin (8th grade) - Live Bait vs Fake Bait