August 13, 2010

Graduate student wins award from fisheries group

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill -- A graduate student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has won an award for genetics research from a leading fisheries group.

Matthew Krampe, a graduate student in zoology from De Soto, won the 2010 James E. Wright Graduate Award from the American Fisheries Society for his research advancing fishery genetics. He will give a presentation during the AFS annual meeting in Pittsburgh later this year.

The award, presented annually by the genetics section of the AFS, recognizes excellence in graduate work in fishery genetics. It provides winners with $500 for travel to the AFS’ annual meeting.

AFS awards the prize in memory of Wright, a founder of fish genetics and education in North America.

Selection committee judges examine the applicants’ work in several areas, looking at its potential for success in fishery research, possible contribution for the upcoming annual meeting, its service to the AFS and a demonstrated need for travel assistance.

Krampe is a student of Edward J. Heist, associate professor in the SIUC Fisheries & Illinois Aquaculture Center.