Awards

The OFWIM awards program recognizes outstanding work in the field of fish and wildlife information services. In most cases, award recipients are announced at the organization’s Annual Conference.


Student Scholarship

2017 Application Form (deadline July 31)

Student Scholarship recipient Kayla Key (center) with outgoing president Keith Hurley and incoming president Jeanette Jones
Student Scholarship recipient Kayla Key (center) with outgoing president Keith Hurley and incoming president Jeanette Jones

2016 Winner: Kayla Key, University of Missouri Columbia
Research Topic: A tool for identifying potential threats to species on a landscape level: an example geared toward freshwater mussels in Missouri

Previous winners

The OFWIM Student Scholarship recognizes academic and professional excellence among students enrolled full-time in fisheries and wildlife-related curricula at an accredited college or university, with research or studies emphasizing wildlife information management and/or geographic information systems (GIS). The scholarship award supports student attendance at the OFWIM meeting, at which they present their research. Our 2016 winner was chosen from a pool of eight outstanding applicants (the most ever for this award!)


Innovation Award

2017 Nomination Form (deadline August 1)

Joe Kirby, representing Missouri, with awards committee member Beth Stys
Joe Kirby, representing Missouri, with awards committee member Beth Stys

2016 Winner: Missouri Department of Conservation
Waterfowl Hunting Harvest Data

Previous winners

Established in 2013, this award combines two previous award categories: Best Web-based Technical Application and Best Collaborative Project. It recognizes excellence in the advancement of fish and wildlife information management technology or processes. Nominated projects or applications will be evaluated for technical accomplishment, innovation, success in meeting their stated goals, and/or success in developing and sustaining partnership.

Nominees may be individuals or agencies/organizations, but the nominee must have retained creative control over any website or technical application.


Best Presentation Award

2016 Winner: Jeff Kopaska, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Factors Affecting Fishing License Purchase Patterns and Angler Retention Strategies in Iowa

Previous winners

This award recognizes the best presentation offered at the annual meeting of the Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers. Presentations are evaluated based on their oral delivery, effectiveness of accompanying graphics, thoroughness of coverage of the topic, analysis and insight into topic, and relevance to the conference theme.


Best Poster Award

2016 Winner: Jeanette Jones, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
“Tennessee’s Update to the Protected Areas Database”

Previous winners

This award recognizes the best poster offered at the annual meeting of the Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers. Posters are evaluated based on the effectiveness of their graphics, the thoroughness of their coverage of the topic, their analysis and insight into the topic, the presenter’s ability to discuss the topic, and their relevance to the conference theme.


Earlier Awards Programs