Wisconsin Chapter: Awards, Scholarships, Grants

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WCTWS Awards

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The WCTWS Awards Committee is seeking nominations for chapter recognition at the annual Winter Meeting. We all work with fantastic wildlife professionals that are worthy of recognition by their peers. Please think of the deserving people that you know and nominate them today.

The Wisconsin Award is our chapter’s highest recognition of a person or group that exemplifies the wildlife profession in our state. The award is intended to be given out annually and nominees are rated on the basis of their overall achievement or service to the wildlife profession in the fields of management, research, teaching, public relations, or legislative direction. Nominees may be any member of the wildlife profession and its supporting disciplines including members of governing bodies. Michael Foy was the 2019 recipient of this award.

The Don Rusch Memorial Award is presented annually to a nominee who has made an outstanding contribution to wildlife conservation and meets the following requirements: 1) A wildlife professional actively working in the field of management, research, or education in the State of Wisconsin. 2) A member in good standing of the Wisconsin Chapter of TWS. 3) An active participant in or a strong supporter of the role of hunting in wildlife conservation.

Nominees are judged on the significance of their contribution to wildlife conservation in the state of Wisconsin for either the short /or long term. The person selected for this award will be the type of individual who is recognized by their peers as an excellent representative of a working wildlife professional. Dr. Scott Walter was the 2019 recipient of the Don Rusch Award.

An Honorary Membership to the WCTWS can be presented to anyone in recognition of their achievements by a majority vote of the Chapter members in good standing.  While allowed by the Bylaws, we haven’t exercised this opportunity for quite some time.  Please give it some thought.

To submit nominations for these prestigious awards please provide a statement of nomination and any relevant supporting information to Awards Committee Chair Derek Johnson at johnsondj959@gmail.com.

Submission deadline: January 12, 2020

We all know deserving, dedicated people who put their hearts and souls into the wildlife profession. Please nominate them today!

WCTWS Leopold Scholarship

Applications due by January 12, 2020.

The Aldo Leopold Memorial Scholarship provides support and recognition for future wildlife researchers and managers who are continuing their professional training. A total of $4,000 in scholarships will be awarded to graduate and/or undergraduate students who has made a commitment to the wildlife profession and has shown exceptional commitment to developing themselves professionally. The Committee will determine the number and funding allotted to individual scholarships awarded.

Applicants should be: currently enrolled at a technical school, college, or university within Wisconsin; be majoring in wildlife management, ecology, zoology, biology, or related field, and have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.

To apply, students must submit the following: 1) Letter of application, including a statement of professional goals and philosophy, and a summary of experiences or activities that relate to and show a commitment to wildlife conservation; 2) official copy of college/university transcripts; and 3) Two letters of recommendation.

Nomination materials should be emailed no later than January 12, 2020 to: Lesa Kardash, skuldt@uwalumni.com.

History of the Leopold Scholarship Award

Back in 1994, the Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society (WCTWS) embarked on a ‘Scholarship Award’ for college students studying for degrees in conservation related fields such as wildlife management, ecology, biology, or related areas attending college’s and university’s in Wisconsin.

The Leopold Scholarship Award was named in tribute and memory of Aldo Leopold, the noted Wisconsin Professor of Wildlife Conservation. To finance the program, in 1987 the WCTWS commissioned a wildlife print by Jonathan Wilde, a Wisconsin wildlife artist, titled — “100th Anniversary Aldo Leopold Commemorative Print”. Each year the WCTWS Scholarship Committee of five chapter members, requests and reviews applications from college students. The Aldo Leopold Scholarship recipient(s) is announced at the annual WCTWS winter meeting.

Click here to see a list of past Leopold Scholarship recipients

Click here for an article on past Leopold Scholarship recipients

WCTWS Travel Grants

Application information is now available for the 2019 Travel Grant to attend The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada on September 29 – October 3, 2019.  WCTWS is offering one travel grant up to $2,000 to professional members to help defer expenses related to attending the conference.
Application details are available here.
Application deadline: July 31, 2019

Click here to see a list of past Travel Grant recipients

2009 TWS Chapter of the Year Award

Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society receives 2009 TWS Chapter of the Year Award

Congratulations to the Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society (WCTWS) for being chosen by TWS as the Chapter of the Year in 2009.  The award recognizes exceptional achievements by a Chapter during the previous year.  Past President Karl Martin (2007) and President-Elect Scott Walter accepted the award at the Awards Ceremony and delivered a presentation during the Leaders’ Lunch at the Annual Conference in Monterey, California in September.

So much was accomplished by the Chapter in 2008, under Past Presidents Jamie Nack and Karl Martin.  The following are some of the major accomplishments for which our Chapter was recognized:

  • Offered our first technical training workshop on Wildlife Damage Management
  • Offered two $750 travel grants for members to get financial support to attend the TWS National conference
  • Held Annual winter meeting jointly with the Wisconsin Chapter of The American Fisheries Society
  • Moved our website to the TWS server, providing significant improvements in communication
  • Developed/distributed an informative quarterly newsletter, Intelligent Tinkering
  • Offered several awards at annual winter meeting to recognize our members
  • Developed two position statements on Wisconsin issues (Baiting and feeding, Double-crested cormorant management)
  • Provided comments on Draft 10-year CWD management plan
  • Established a transmitter frequency database
  • Testified in support of DNR deer hunting season structure
  • Redesigned its membership brochure09chapterawardsm

Click here to view the presentation about the Wisconsin Chapter of TWS given by Scott Walter and Karl Martin at the Leaders’ Lunch.