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American Fisheries Society Student Subunit

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The South Dakota State University Student Subunit (SDState AFS) was founded in 2003 under the auspices of the Dakota Chapter and the Parent Society of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) and was recognized by SDSU as an official campus organization in 2005. Members of SDState AFS include graduate and undergraduate students at the university.

SDState AFS provides a means for aspiring fisheries professionals to become members of a professional society and to further develop their professional skills outside of the classroom.

Goals of the Subunit

  1. Promote the conservation, development and wise use of fisheries.
  2. Promote and evaluate the continuing education and advancement of its members in all branches of fisheries science and practice.
  3. Gather and disseminate to members and the general public scientific, technical and other information about fisheries science and practice through publications, meetings and other forms of communication.


  • $5 for undergraduate students
  • $10 for faculty and graduate students


  • President of the Subunit


  • Sauger Scholarship
    • Established in 2004 by the SDSU Student Subunit of AFS.
    • Awarded annually to several undergraduate or graduate students to attend the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting.
    • $100 scholarship is intended to provide students monetary assistance to attend the annual meeting, including room, conference fees and other expenses (e.g., travel, food).
    • The Awards and Nominations Committee of the Dakota Chapter of AFS select the winners each year.
    • At least two scholarships are awarded annually.
    • Students from any college in North Dakota and South Dakota are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • Applications are due by the end of January every year.

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