Purdue University American Fisheries Society

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Why join the Purdue student chapter of the American Fisheries Society?

IT'S FUN! You get to meet and interact with other fisheries students who you might not see in class. You do hands-on fieldwork and gain valuable job experience. You visit fisheries, aquaculture sites, and aquariums that you may not have known existed. You learn details on issues that you may only have brief exposure to in class. You have the opportunity to socialize with potential employers and meet people who are responsible for natural resource laws and regulations for the state of Indiana. And aside from all that, it looks great on future job (or grad school) applications!

How much does it cost?

Absolutely NOTHING! To encourage membership, we have eliminated dues. However, concerning special trips or other activities that may incur some cost, priority will be given to our most active members.


On the national level?

Most professional societies have reduced rates for student members. These rates are an exceptional bargain for all graduate students and any undergrads
interested in fisheries careers (and professional societies). For instance, regular membership for the national AFS is $76.00, but student
rates are only $38.00. This membership entitles you to all privileges of a full member, including: subscription to the monthly Fisheries journal (featuring news, editorials, book reviews, job opportunities, book reviews, policy statement, etc.), reduced rates to attend regional and national meetings, eligibility for student awards (such as $600 travel grants for national meetings), and eligibility to serve as a chapter officer. Paying for National dues will also pay for Indiana state dues, chapter dues are then $10 for the year and $5 for a single semester.

Student rates for other recommended aquatic interest professional societies:

1.North American Benthological Society-$55 full/$40 student with journal or $25 full/
$10 student for Bulletin (news) 3 times per year and directory (tel. 913-843-1221)

2.North American Lake Management Society-$75 full with quarterly journal/$25
student with journal(tel. 608-233-2836)


3.Society for Conservation Biology-$60 full with quarterly journal and monthly
newsletter, $45 student with journal and newsletter (tel. 617-876-7000)


4. World Aquaculture Society-$40 student w/ journal and magazine, www.was.org