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 Research Scholarship

We utilized a virtual meeting platform for our 2020 conference.  No student scholarships were available this year.  Check back in 2021!


2019 Winner: Brittany Bajo
Tennessee Technological University

Research TopicModeling fundamentally suitable freshwater mussel habitat in the Duck River drainage, Tennessee

2019 Winner: Logan Sleezer 
Virginia Tech

Research TopicPartitioning the effects of changing land use and introduced species on spatiotemporal abundance trends and biotic homogenization in native fish communities of New River tributary systems

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.


Innovation Award

2020 Winner:  Scientific Collecting License Data Submission Web Application
Arizona Game and Fish Department

Arizona’s Heritage Data Management System has built a custom web application that automates, collects and analyzes data submitted by holders of scientific collection permits. Users can see all previously reported data, search for species or years of submission, and download data for use in external GIS applications. Arizona Game and Fish Department will receive a 1-year free OFWIM membership as part of the award.

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

2020 Winners (tie):

  • Brittany Bajo, Tennessee Technological University
    “Field Validating a Suitable Habitat Model for the Gasconade River”
  • Don Schrupp, Colorado Division of Wildlife (retired)
    “OFWIM Annual Conference Archive—A Title Slide Review of the Last Decade’s Presentations”

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

The 2020 Virtual Conference did not include a poster session.

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