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The main roles of the the AAC Student Affairs Committee are to
(1) coordinate fundraising activities for the AAC Student Endowment Fund,
(2) organize the Joe Brown Student BBQ during the annual AAC conference, and
(3) coordinate volunteers for the annual AAC Conference.
The Annual Student BBQ, in memory of Dr Joe Brown (remembered for his energy, enthusiasm and dedication to students and the advancement of aquaculture research) is an event that in the true Spirit of Joe, always promises to be fun and relaxing, while allowing delegates to socialize. Through the always spectacular silent auction (and other fundraising games and activities), the student BBQ annually generates over $2,000 towards the Student Endowment Fund.
The AAC Student Endowment Fund funds up to three student scholarships per year, valued at around $1,000 each. These scholarships are open to student members of AAC who are enrolled in an aquaculture-related program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. In addition, travel awards for expenses associated with student travel to make presentations at the AAC conference are also available. Finally, during the conference, cash awards are provided for the best student oral and poster presentations.
The AAC encourages student membership in the association. For a membership fee of $40 per year, students are offered (1) subscriptions to the AAC Bulletin and World Aquaculture, (2) reduced subscription rates for Northern Aquaculture & Hatchery International, (3) reduced registration fees at AAC and WAS conferences, (4) access to scholarships and awards, and (5) networking opportunities with primary aquaculture industry and regulatory representatives from across Canada and elsewhere.
Student Affairs Committee Mandate:
"To encourage the active participation of students in the affairs of the Association and recommend appropriate activities and pursue those approved by the board to promote the development of aquaculture education." (Bylaws, Article 7.01(i)).