Each year at the Spring business meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society (SDAFS), the Warmwater Streams Committee (WWSC) awards two graduate students the Jimmie Pigg Memorial Scholarship. To improve equity, the Committee will award $250 to each of a Master’s degree and Ph.D. student. The award was named posthumously for Jimmie Pigg who was a long-time fisheries biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Jimmie was well known for providing students money out of his own pocket so that they could travel to American Fisheries Society meetings to present their research findings. Because of his ardent support for student travel and his commitment to their development as fisheries scientists, the award named for him is one of the most prized and meaningful awards in the fisheries field. Judges are selected by the Chair and are members of the WWSC. Each winner receives a plaque, $250, and a one-year student membership to the American Fisheries Society. Applications for the Jimmie Pigg Award are due by January 10, 2020, and the winner is announced at the Spring business meeting of SDAFS. To access the application, click the following link:
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**Congratulations to Kyler Hecke, winner of the 2019 Jimmie Pigg Award**
Kyler attends the University of Tennessee and is under the direction of Dr. Brian Alford. His research focuses on historical occupancy of fishes and mussels of greatest conservation need in the Clinch River drainage of Virginia and Tennessee. He is also investigating the spatial ecology of the rare Sickle Darter.