Student Opportunities



American Fisheries Society


Bend, Oregon  

March 3-6, 2020

Student Opportunities

This year ORAFS is celebrating our 56th Annual Meeting and you won’t want to miss it!  Student involvement is one of the most important reasons why the Annual Meeting is such a success. We look forward to seeing as many students as possible in Bend to share in the networking and educational opportunities (workshops; technical sessions).

Definition of a Student
To qualify for student treatment, you should be currently enrolled at least half-time at any level in a college or university, and in any field broadly related to natural resources. We aim to be inclusive for students, so if in doubt and in need of assistance, please ask and we’ll be more than happy to help out.

Reduced Registration for Technical Sessions
In an attempt to keep our Annual Meeting accessible to our student members, the early registration fee for students is only $55 for the entire meeting ($80 for non-AFS members).  There are also some opportunities to receive free lodging (see below).

NEW! Workshop Scholarships
Up to 20 workshop scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis. Attend a workshop for free and hone those R or technical writing skills! Contact Natalie Scheibel for details. 

Become a Student Volunteer (and earn free lodging!)
Student volunteers are a large and valuable part of what makes ORAFS Annual Meetings a success year after year. We are looking for professional, responsible and trustworthy students to assist with a wide variety of tasks at this year’s annual meeting, including:

    • Assisting with the assembly of registrant information packets (prior to meeting).
    • Assisting at the registration and sales desk (throughout the meeting).
    • Audio/visual support (running PowerPoint, Projectors, and room lights) during the technical sessions.
    • Assisting with the raffle auction (at social events and during and after the banquet).
    • Setting up/taking down/moving poster display boards (start and finish of meeting, and possibly during the meeting).
    • Posting to social media such as instagram, twitter, facebook, etc.


Training and guidance will be provided for each position. Complimentary, shared lodging will be provided for selected students who donate at least 4 hours of service. Lodging is for Wednesday and Thursday nights, with limited spots available on Tuesday. Lodging compensation is limited and student volunteer selection will be based on a first-come, first-served basis, by Institution. Register and indicate your interest in a volunteer opportunity by January 19th to be considered for a position.  Besides earning lodging, this is a great chance to serve the Chapter and meet fishery professionals.  You will have plenty of time to attend technical presentations and enjoy social events. To volunteer make sure you register as a student and select the volunteer option while registering! Questions? Please contact one of our volunteer coordinators, Amanda Pollock or Alex Jensen for more information.

Student-Mentor Mixer
Students attending this year’s Annual Meeting should plan on also attending the Student-Mentor Mixer.  This is a 90-minute period where students and professionals from a wide range of fishery careers, backgrounds, and interests get a chance to discuss experiences and opportunities. This is an informal event, structured in a speed-dating format, where students get an opportunity to meet and interact with a wide range of employers, professors, professionals and graduate students.

Photo: Rich GrostPhoto: Rich Grost

Questions, Comments, Concerns?  Contact Michelle Scanlan.