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Giving to students is one of the best returns on investment you can get.  Students are our lifeblood and they are the main reason our university exists.  Our students are taught by highly passionate faculty mentors who take extra time to help students succeed.  The students build upon what they are taught and venture into the world to steward fisheries and aquatic resources.  Supporting one or more of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences' students equals contributing to the future of fisheries, marine science and the conservation of the planet's rich fisheries and marine resources.  You've got to get a good feeling supporting a student!

For more information on where to give, a list is given below briefly summarizing opportunities within SFOS, or call Teresa Thompson at (907) 474-1867. 


C. L. Anderson Memorial Fund

Clarence L. "Andy" Anderson was recognized for working for the betterment of his profession as a fisheries scientist, as a fisheries businessman, as fish and game resource commissioner and his support of training and education of promising biologists.  The Anderson fund provides support for graduate research in fisheries by assisting w/expenses incurred while completing thesis research.  Expenditures may include travel, supplies for equipment or other forms of support. 


Frances and Alfred Baker Memorial Scholarship

Alfred Baker was a marine biologist at the Fishery Products Laboratory in Ketchikan from 1945-1948, and thereafter was associate sanitarian with the Alaska Department of Health (territorial and state) in the same city until his retirement in 1965.  A bequest from his wife Frances established this scholarship to benefit UAF students in aquatic biology or environmental health.  This scholarship is awarded to students in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with preference for those studying environmental or health issues. 


Carlson Scholarship recipient Dan Okamoto and Shirley Carlson.

Carlson Scholarship recipient Dan Okamoto and Shirley Carlson.

Richard Carlson Scholarship – Fisheries

Mrs. Shirley Carlson established this scholarship in honor of her husband, Dr. H. Richard Carlson, to benefit UAF graduate students conducting fisheries biology research at the Juneau campus.  Dr. Carlson made substantial and important contributions to fisheries science in Alaska as a marine biologist at the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Auke Bay Laboratory.  He was also the chief scientist on the lab's chartered research vessel, the Great Pacific.  In addition, he gave support and encouragement to UAF fisheries students as a graduate student advisor. 

The Carlson Scholarship is featured in the Fall 2009 Newsletter.


Francis Fay Memorial Fellowship

Bud Fay was known to all whose lives he touched as a warm, caring, generous individual, a man of great integrity who was intensely interested and passionately involved in his scientific pursuits.  He was recognized internationally as the world's leading expert on the walrus.  He served on the U.S. Marine mammal Working Group under the U.S.–U.S.S.R. Agreement on Environmental Protection from 1973 until his death in 1994 at age 66.  This fellowship provides partial assistance for a student pursuing a graduate degree in Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.  One award is given each year. 


Feder and Shaw Graduate Support Fund

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. established this support fund to honor the contributions that Drs. Howard Feder and David Shaw have made to environmental monitoring in Port Valdez.  Howard and David are professors emeriti of the Institute of Marine Science at UAF.  This fund is used to support to research activities of graduate students enrolled at the Institute of Marine Science and cannot be used for tuition or living expenses. 


SFOS Graduate Student Emergency Fund

The faculty of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences established the SFOS Student Assistance Fund in 2004.  The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to SFOS graduate students or employees who work with graduate students, who have experienced a personal emergency.  A faculty committee will take requests and make the final decisions on the use of these funds.  This fund is designed as a grant fund, not a loan fund. 

photo of Donald Hood in 1974.

Donald Hood in 1974


Dr. Donald Hood Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Donald Hood, director of the Institute of Marine Science at UAF from 1965-1976.  His research focused on the Bering Sea.  He contributed to nine books and more than 100 professional articles.  He died in April 2002 and this memorial scholarship was established for students in Marine Sciences at UAF.  This scholarship provides a small stipend to students studying Marine Science in the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

Learn more in this article about Donald Hood by former SFOS dean Vera Alexander.


Students and volunteers travel from across Alaska to participate in the Alaska Region NOSB. Photo by Pennington.
Students and volunteers travel from across Alaska to participate in the Alaska Region NOSB. Photo by Pennington.

National Ocean Sciences Bowl Fund

NOSB brings together teams of high school students from around Alaska in a round-robin marine science quiz-bowl-style competition.  The goal of NOSB is to increase knowledge of the oceans on the part of high school students, their teachers and parents, and raise public understanding of the national investment in ocean-related research.  SFOS sponsors the Alaska edition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) each year.  The Alaska Region National Ocean Science Bowl is known as the Tsunami Bowl.  It consists of two equally weighted parts: a tournament-style academic competition designed to challenge and recognize students' knowledge of sciences in the context of the oceans and a project with written and oral components.  The NOSB fund is used to support the Alaska National Ocean Science activities including transportation of the high school teams to the Seward for the contest. 

•Visit the SFOS NOSB webpage to learn more about the Tsunami  Bowl event.


Blake Nunemann Memorial Scholarship

Blake Nunemann

Blake Nunemann passed away on September 30, 2009. The Blake Nunemann Memorial Scholarship has been set up at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in his name.

The purpose of the Blake Nunemann Memorial Scholarship fund is to celebrate Blake's life and his love for fisheries and encourage young scientists to broaden their understanding of the field.

Recipients will be selected to receive the annual scholarship based on academic record and financial need. Recipients will be chosen by an awards committee consisting of his parents, fisheries faculty and staff.

To contribute to the Blake Nunemann Memorial Scholarship, log onto the UAF Development website at www.uaf.edu/giving/gift or mail your gift to SFOS Development Officer Teresa Thompson at P.O. Box 757220 Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7220. Please specify that you are making the contribution to the Blake Nunemann Memorial Scholarship fund. By making this contribution you are paying tribute to Blake and helping another young student gain an education in the field that Blake was so excited to enter into and be a part of.

Please help us to honor Blake by giving a gift in his name to support Fisheries undergraduate students at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. [Download flyer here]


The Sikuliaq will have accommodations for up to 26 scientists and students at a time, including those with disabilities. Artwork by Glosten.

Sikuliaq Support

Contribute toward our new R/V Sikuliaq currently being built by Marinette Marine Corporation in Wisconsin.  A fund has been established to support outreach efforts related to the ship.  One of the projects we hope to fund will allow us to build interactive exhibits of the ship at the University of Alaska Museum, the Alaska SeaLife Center and other locations to educate the public about the work to be done on the vessel.  Another project involves developing a Teachers-at-Sea program by which high school teachers could spend time aboard the vessel and go home with a fisheries or marine science teaching module.  For more information, see http://www.sfos.uaf.edu/sikuliaq/.


William A. Smoker Memorial Fund

The William A. Smoker Memorial Fund was established at the UA Foundation after Dr. Smoker's death in 1997.  Dr. Smoker's son, Dr. William (Bill) W. Smoker, is a professor emeritus of fisheries genetics and aquaculture and the former director of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences' Fisheries Division.  Bill Smoker provided the following information about his father and the memorial fund established in his name:

"William A. Smoker was my dad. When he died in 1997, his friends established the W.A. Smoker Memorial Fund at the UA Foundation. He received his B.S. from Berkeley in 1938 and his Ph.D. in Fisheries from the University of Washington in 1955. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he was a combat rifleman in the Papua New Guinea campaign, an Army Map Service officer, and a biologist. "

"He was a founding fellow of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists in 1956.  He was a research salmon biologist for the Territory of Alaska in the late 1950s, the assistant director of the NOAA Fisheries Auke Bay Laboratory in the 1960s, the director of Auke Bay Laboratory in the 1970s, and after his retirement in 1981, he came to quite a few of our Friday seminars at the Juneau Center."


Ken Turner Memorial Fellowship

Ken Turner was a captain of the R/V Acona, which was the first vessel operated by the UAF Institute of Marine Science to carry out research.  This fund was established in his memory by the faculty and staff of IMS.  This fellowship provides partial assistance a student pursuing a graduate degree in Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.  Two awards are given annually. 


Al Tyler Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established to celebrate Al Tyler's life and his contributions to fisheries and ocean sciences by encouraging young scientists to broaden their understanding of the field.  Tyler worked as a professor and associate dean for ten years at SFOS.  He passed away in 2005. 

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For more information on giving to the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, please contact Teresa Thompson, SFOS Development Officer, at tathompson2@alaska.edu, or 907-474-1867.