Fenske Award

In Memory of Janice Lee Fenske

Purpose: The Janice Lee Fenske Memorial Award was created to recognize undergraduate and graduate students for their achievements in the field of fisheries or wildlife management. The intent of the Fenske Memorial Award is to encourage students to become active in the American Fisheries Society and the Wildlife Society, including membership in their State’s affiliated chapters, and in the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. It is hoped that the Fenske Memorial Award will create an incentive for outstanding students to become more engaged by providing them an opportunity to network with their peers, as well as leaders in fisheries and wildlife management, thus helping students become more successful in pursuing their careers. The Fenske Memorial Award ceremony will be held during the annual Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference.

Description: The finalists for the Fenske Memorial Award will be selected based on academic ability and scholarly achievements. Of the successful finalists attending the Fenske Memorial Award ceremony, one student concentrating on fisheries will be recognized by the North Central Division, Host State, and Michigan chapters of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) with a $500 scholarship and plaque, and one student concentrating on wildlife will be recognized by the Host State and Michigan chapters of the Wildlife Society (TWS) with a $500 scholarship and plaque. The Fenske Memorial Award Scholarship winners will be selected based on their enthusiasm to protect fisheries and wildlife resources through management activities, selflessness and motivation to teach others, interest in professional involvement, and integrity, positive attitude, and compassion. The remaining successful finalists will be recognized with a certificate.

Eligibility criteria: Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Documentation required:

  • A resume that includes your GPA.
  • One letter of recommendation submitted directly from either an academic advisor or professional in fisheries or wildlife management.
  • A one-page cover letter that discusses future career goals and reasons for attending the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference.

Application materials should be sent by email to JoAnn Alexander at AlexanderJ7@michigan.gov.
Please indicate in the email subject line either “Fenske Award- fisheries” or “Fenske Award- wildlife” (depending on your focus area).

Questions regarding the award should be sent to Jessica Mistak, Fenske Award Committee Chair, at mistakj@michigan.gov.

Selection criteria: As part of the Fenske Memorial Award, a general call for applications from students throughout the Midwest will be developed by the Michigan Chapter of AFS and distributed via the Award sponsors. The Michigan Chapter of AFS and the Michigan Chapter of TWS will screen the applications based on academic accomplishments, select up to 25 students as finalists, and select the two scholarship winners. The Michigan chapters of AFS and TWS will each annually provide $250 towards the scholarships, and will request a match for those contributions from the local chapters of AFS and TWS in the host State. The North Central Division of AFS will contribute up to $750 annually with $500 earmarked for support of the ceremony expenses and up to $250 earmarked for the fisheries scholarship in the event the Host State Chapter is unable to contribute a matching donation. The Michigan chapters of AFS and TWS will provide plaques for the winners, as well as certificates for the finalists.

Frequency of award: Annually, two of the student finalists, one majoring in fisheries management and one majoring in wildlife management, who embody the characteristics that made Jan a remarkable fisheries biologist, will be presented with a Fenske Memorial Award that includes a scholarship of $500.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is November 13, 2015 and applicants will be notified of their selection by December 23, 2015.

Contributions: Many individuals and groups have asked how to make a contribution in honor of Jan Fenske.  To contribute to this award, please write a check payable to MIAFS and mail it to: Dan Traynor, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Marquette Fisheries Research Station, 484 Cherry Creek Rd., Marquette, MI 49855.  Please include a note on your check that the donation is for the Janice L. Fenske Memorial Award.