The Alberta Chapter annually presents academic student awards to promote interest and reward excellence in the field of wildlife conservation. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in wildlife management. Student submissions for each award category are reviewed by ACTWS member committees.

The call for applications usually happens in January; successful candidates will be notified at the ACTWS conference every March.

The 2018 Call for Applications is now active.

Send applications electronically to Joanna Burgar at director4@actws.ca, Subject: Scholarship Committee

Applications must be received by 16 February 2018.


Robert (Bob) K. Goddard Memorial Scholarship  – $1500

Eligibility

This award is open to students that are presently enrolled in a technical program in the Province of Alberta, focusing on wildlife biology or management, and will be enrolled fulltime in September 2017 (participating on a co-op work term is also eligible). Program examples include, but are not limited to: Renewable Resource Option (NAIT), Wildlife and Fisheries Major (Lakeland), Renewable Resource Management Diploma (LCC). Please note that programs in conservation enforcement are not eligible for this award.

Submission Requirements
  • Summary of involvement or experience with the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
  • Summary of volunteer or work experience in the wildlife field.
  • Transcript of marks for courses taken and a list of courses planned for remainder of program, if any.
  • Contact information for one reference (e.g., a faculty member or other professional biologist) who agrees to be contacted by the Awards committee.
  • Typed essay (300 words or fewer) outlining career goals and relevance to this award.

Ian Ross Memorial Scholarship – $1500

Eligibility

This award is open to students planning a career in wildlife management and preparing to enter the final year of a 4-year Alberta university program in Biological Sciences, Forest Science, Animal Sciences, Zoology, or related field of study, in September 2017. This award is also open to students entering the final year of the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Ecosystem Management – Fish and Wildlife stream at LCC. The award funds will be disbursed upon confirmation of registration for the next year of full-time enrollment.

Submission Requirements
  • Summary of involvement or experience with the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
  • Summary of volunteer or work experience in the wildlife field.
  • Transcript of marks for courses taken, and a list of courses planned for their final year.
  • Contact information for one reference (e.g., a faculty member or other professional biologist) who agrees to be contacted by the Awards committee.
  • Typed essay (300 words or fewer) outlining career goals and relevance to this award.

William Wishart Post-Graduate Award – $1500

Eligibility
This award is open to students planning a career in wildlife management and accepted into a full-time post-graduate degree program at a Canadian University in Biological Sciences, Forest Science, Animal Sciences, Zoology, or related field of study (must be enrolled full time in September 2017), and conducting the majority of their research in Alberta.

Submission Requirements
  • Summary of involvement with the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society
  • Outline of proposed thesis work
  • Summary of volunteer or work experience in the wildlife field
  • Transcript of marks for undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Contact information for one reference (e.g., a faculty member or other professional biologist) who agrees to be contacted by the Awards committee
  • Typed essay (300 words or fewer) outlining career goals and relevance to this award.

Student Conference Travel Grants

Twenty students who are travelling to Lethbridge for the March 2018 conference will be awarded $400 travel grants. The grants are available to undergraduate or graduate students who are presenting a talk or poster and will volunteer to help with the conference. Please indicate your interest in a travel grant when you submit your abstract.

For those of you organizing a group to attend this year’s ACTWS conference, we are providing up to four group travel grants, valued at $1000 each. The purpose of these grants is to cover the costs associated with large groups travelling to and attending the conference in Lethbridge. To be eligible, your group size must be 5 or larger, and applicants cannot apply for both an individual travel grant and be part of a group travel grant, as the purpose of this grant is to increase conference participation by people that would like to attend but aren’t presenting. To apply for a group travel grant, please submit a short application (i.e. one page or less), which answers the following:

  1. Please outline your groups past and present involvement in the ACTWS generally, and/or the annual conference. – bullet points are sufficient;
  2. Please provide an estimate of your expected total group size and a list of all group members registered to attend the conference as of 16 February 2018. 

Submit the group travel grant application to: Joanna Burgar at director4@actws.ca on or before 5pm 16 February 2018.