Student Awards

Best Abstract/Travel Awards

The USAS Best Abstract/Travel Award helps support conference travel expenses for deserving USAS student members making a presentation at the USAS annual conference. Student Abstracts are judged on the following criteria: Accuracy and conciseness of title, format, organization, innovativeness of the study, scientific value, broad interest to the aquaculture community, and ability to be understood by those not in the same specific field.

Unless specifically noted, you must be a current USAS student member when you submit an abstract to be eligible for these awards.

USAS Best Abstract Awards:

These three winners will be awarded:

  • a check for the amount of $600
  • registration re-imbursement ($275 value)
  • a certificate of recognition

All abstracts must be submitted following the USAS/WAS submission details and deadline of September 8, 2017.

Student Spotlight Awards

USAS Best Abstract/Travel awardees who give a short 5-minute (8 slide) version of the student's 15-minute oral presentation to a wider audience during the conference (usually at the plenary session) are eligible for the Spotlight Award. The presentations are evaluated on scientific value, scope, clarity and conciseness, and the abstract and title. First, second, and third places are awarded monetary prizes of $500, $200 and $200, respectively.

Tyson's Best Abstract Award

The top rated student abstract will receive:

  • a check for the amount of $1,500
  • registration reimbursement ($275 value)
  • a Plaque from Tyson (presented at student dinner during meeting)
  • a letter from the USAS president
  • a certificate of recognition

The following awards are subject to applications and review by the funding partner for best fit under their industry goals.


Soy Aquaculture Alliance/USAS Student Travel Award

This award supports conference travel expenses for a deserving USAS student member presenting a paper related to innovation in aquaculture at the conference.

Winner will be awarded

       1.  a check for the amount of $1,000

       2.  registration reimbursement ($275 value)

       3.  a certificate of recognition

Additional requirements:   

     Application Form Part 1  

     Application Form Part 2  

Pentair/USAS Student Travel Award

This award supports conference travel expenses for a deserving USAS graduate student member presenting research conducted in recirculating aquaculture systems.

Requirements

To be eligible for this award student must be a current USAS student member when abstract is submitted. A completed application must be sent to the VP by Dec 10, 2017. Recipient MUST attend the Aquaculture America Student Reception in order to receive the award. Students will be judged based on their essay and the research reflected in their abstract. Students with innovative technology or nutrition-oriented projects are strongly urged to apply.

Winner will be awarded

  1. a check for the amount of $1,500
  2. registration re-imbursement ($275 value)
  3. a certificate of recognition (presented at student reception)

Application

  • Name
  • Mail and email address and phone number
  • Graduate university attending
  • Support letter from university professor and his/her contact info
  • A copy of abstract for Aquaculture America 2018
  • A 500 word essay on the role of RAS systems in aquaculture
  • Send applications to USAS Vice President Angela Caporelli

Additional requirements:  

      Application Form Part 1  

      Application Form Part 2  

Tyson/USAS Student Travel Award

This award supports conference travel expenses for a deserving USAS graduate student member presenting research conducted using sustainable rendered chicken products.

Requirements

To be eligible the individual must be a student at a university of college.  A completed application must be sent to the VP by Dec 10, 2017.  Recipient MUST attend the Aquaculture America Student Reception in order to receive the award. Students with nutrition-oriented using poultry by-product projects are strongly urged to apply.

Application

  • Name
  • Mail and Email address and phone number
  • Graduate University attending
  • Support letter from University professor and his/her contact info
  • A copy of Abstract for Aquaculture America 2018
  • A 500 word essay on the role of  sustainable rendered chicken products as a substitute for fish meal
  • Send applications to USAS Vice President Angela Caporelli

Winner receives

  1. a check for the amount of $1,500
  2. registration re-imbursement ($275 value)
  3. a certificate of recognition (presented at student reception)

Additional requirements:  

    Application Form Part 1  

    Application Form Part 1  

The RAS "Yellow Book" Undergraduate Student Travel Grant

These two awards help fund conference travel for two deserving undergraduates who demonstrate an interest and potential to contribute to the field of US aquaculture. The student must be enrolled in a two- or four-year undergraduate degree with an emphasis in aquaculture. Applicants do not have to be members of WAS or USAS, and students are not required to present a poster or a talk at the meeting. 

Winner receives

  1. a check in the amount of $700
  2. 1-year student membership in WAS and USAS
  3. registration re-imbursement ($275 value)
  4. a signed copy of the "Recirculating Aquaculture" textbook by Drs. Timmons & Ebeling.

Additional requirements:  

  Application Form Part 1

   Application Form Part 2  


The following two awards are reviewed by respective groups for overall distinction of work within specific areas. 


Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium's Best Student Paper Award

The MASGC Best Student Paper Award is given to a student that presents outstanding work in marine or Great Lakes research (oral presentations only).  Sea Grant will present its Best Student Paper Award to one student who will receive an award of $400 and a certificate. To be eligible for this award you must be a current USAS student member when you submit an abstract.

USAS/AFS-FCS Best Student Abstract Award

This award is designed to help support conference travel expenses for a deserving USAS/joint AFS-FCS student member presenting at the conference. A winner is awarded $500 and a certificate at the plenary session of the conference. To be eligible for this award you must be both a current USAS and FCS student member when you submit an abstract.


The following awards will be judged at the 2018 American Aquaculture Society conference by professionals within the aquaculture fields. 


Best Oral and Poster Presentations (Sponsored by Merck and Aqualogic)

The USAS-Merck Best Presentation and USAS-Aqualogic Best Poster Presentation Awards reward and recognize USAS student members for excellence in presentation. Student members of USAS giving oral and poster presentations will be eligible for the Best Oral Presentation (one $1000 first place award and one $800 second place award) and Best Poster Presentation (one $1000 first place award and one $800 second place award) Awards. Students will be judged during the conference and winners will be announced after the conference. To be eligible for this award you must be a current USAS student member when you submit an abstract. Presentations are judged on the following criteria: Scientific and research value, management and application potential, scope, oral presentation of study and results, audio-visual presentation, clarity and conciseness, accuracy of title, stimulation of intelligent discussion and handling of questions.

The Alltech Young Scientist Award

The United States Aquaculture Society (USAS) is proud to announce a unique and new partnership with the Alltech Young Scientist Program, the world's largest global agri-science competition, to provide more opportunities and prestige to USAS students. During Aquaculture America 2018, the USAS students (undergraduate and/or graduate student) receiving the USAS-Merck Best Presentation and the USAS-Aqualogic Best Poster will also receive the Alltech Young Scientist affiliation award. The student winner(s) and their mentor(s) will receive medals from Alltech, and are invited to attend the Alltech's Innovation Week with registration fee ($850USD) waived, where they can network with over 3000 international agriculture industry leaders who are attending. In addition, the USAS student winners advance into the Alltech Young Scientist - North America regional competition to compete with other affiliate/country winners.  Regional winners receive cash prizes, while the 1st place regional winner further advances into the final global competition to compete for the $10,000 USD grand prize. For more information regarding this opportunity and Alltech, check out http://education.alltech.com/alltech-young-scientist/program-overview and the Alltech booth onsite during the annual aquaculture conference!