- To recognize students of the State of Nebraska that are making outstanding contributions to the science of fisheries and aquatic resources.
- Notable accomplishments by the nominee should include two or more of the following:
- Student research which adds to the understanding, or solution, of a fisheries-related problem. Research can be basic or applied in nature, and can involve non-game or game species.
- Dissemination of research results in, in order of importance; a peer-reviewed publication, a thesis or dissertation, a non-refereed publication, or an oral presentation.
- Involvement in professional organizations, including participation in committees, organizing or moderating a technical session at a professional meeting, or serving in a peer-elected office.
- Academic excellence, especially including merit-based scholarships or grants.
Specifications and Limitations:
- Only Nebraska Chapter AFS members in good standing can make nominations. All members who have knowledge of student performance or activities are encouraged to make nominations for this award.
- The nominee must be a Nebraska Chapter AFS member in good standing or a member of the Nebraska Chapter AFS Student Subunit and must be enrolled in a Nebraska College or University or recently (within the last year) graduated from a Nebraska College or University.
- Students can be nominated at any time during their tenure for work spanning single or multiple years, but no later than 12 months after graduation.
- No more than one award per year. The award will not be made in any year for which no appropriate candidates are nominated.
- Honorable mention may be awarded, for recent graduates only, if more than one nominee is considered Outstanding by the Awards Committee members.
2017 – Nicholas Cole – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2016 – Jonathan Spurgeon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2015 – B. J. Schall, University of Nebraska-Kearney
2014 – Kelly Turek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2013 – David Schumann, University of Nebraska-Kearney