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November 19, 2010

Students win best student paper, best student poster awards at American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter meeting

Juneau, Alaska—Two SFOS graduate students won best student paper and best student poster awards at the American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter meeting held in Juneau November 3-5.

Jason Neuswanger, advised by Mark Wipfli and Amanda Rosenberger, won the best student paper award. He gave a talk on "The roles of territoriality and detritus in wild juvenile Chinook salmon drift-feeding behavior".

Jamie McKellar presented a poster called "Population structure and reproductive status of razor clams, Siliqua patula, in eastern Cook Inlet". McKellar is advised by Katrin Iken and Trent Sutton.

Three other SFOS students also won awards at the AFS Alaska meeting.

Casey McConnell, a bachelor of science student in fisheries, received the 2010 Molly Ahlgren Scholarship Award. The award provides a $2,000 scholarship to an undergraduate student entering his or her senior year of studies. In addition to the scholarship funds, the award also covers the travel and meeting expenses for the recipient to attend the AFS Alaska meeting. The award was presented to McConnell at the AFS Alaska meeting.

Ernestine Ahgeak, a bachelor of science in fisheries student, and Elena Fernandez, a master’s degree student in oceanography with advisor Jeremy Mathis, both won the Cultural Diversity Travel Award. The Cultural Diversity Travel Award covered the travel expenses for Ahgeak and Fernandez to attend the AFS Alaska meeting.

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