Bobbie Crockett | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Alichia Sunflower Wilson, a student in the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, has received an all-expenses paid award to attend the national American Fisheries Society (AFS) meeting in September in Seattle.
Wilson, of Manistee, Mich., received a 2011 Native People’s Travel Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Equal Opportunities Section (EOS) of the American Fisheries Society. The $2,000 in funds may be used to reimburse costs associated with attending the AFS Annual Meeting. Wilson will receive the award during an EOS luncheon meeting in Seattle on Sept. 5.
“I am very excited and looking forward to going to this meeting,” she said. “I hope that it will help me with networking, possible work experiences and introduce me to a wide range of fisheries professionals. I believe that it will be a great learning experience and I can’t wait to present my research.”
While attending the AFS meeting, Wilson will also be the presenting author at a poster presentation related to temperature tolerance in catfish titled “Examination of ‘Heat Hardening’ in Channel Catfish.”Dr. Alf Haukenes, Wilson’s mentor and an assistant professor in applied fish reproductive physiology at UAPB, said he’s proud of her achievement.
“She is certainly deserving of this award,” he said. “In her short time here, she has been ahead of the learning curve in realizing that science is more than just a set of facts and figures; that it is a process by which important questions can be addressed and solutions to problems can be found. Attendance at the national AFS meeting will help cement this in her mind and lead to more confidence about her future.”