Our Award-Winning NCSU Subunit Does It Again!
Fully participating in a fisheries conference can often bring on a mad attempt to be in four places at the same time, but NCAFS was very proud indeed during the gathering which packed the room of the Southern Division of the AFS 2015 Spring Business Meeting. Ever insistent on raising the bar on their already-impressive list of research efforts, community support & education, student outreach, proactive interaction with faculty, fisheries professionals throughout the state, and consistent participation & contribution to excellent fisheries science across North America, NC State University once again nabbed the honors of Best Student Subunit in the Southern Division! This will make their 9th since 2002, including a consecutive run of five from 2008-20012, as well as their 2014 success in Charleston.
In addition, Tomas Ivasauskas, a current leading force in the group, as well one of the recipients of our 2014 NCAFS Student Travel Award, was the recipient of the Jimmie Pigg Memorial Outstanding Student Achievement award. This prestigious recognition is well-deserved for all of Tomas’ hard work that many of us in NC know well. Selection criteria include, among others
- New ideas, viewpoints, or data which contributed significantly to fisheries management or our understanding of aquatic resources,
- Imaginative and successful program in fish conservation education at any level of teaching or graduate student guidance,
- Interdisciplinary research involving leadership in lab or field,
- Inspirational leadership and enunciation of principles.
Congratulations to all of you, who do an exemplary job representing our Chapter & aquatic research & the future of resource management within our state!