Lawrence Edward Hassell Graduate Field Research Award in Fisheries

Award Value: $2,750

A $2,750 award has been made available through an endowment established by Hassell Construction Ltd on behalf of his family to honour Lawrence Edward Hassell. Lawrence Hassell was an avid fisherman who was concerned about the depletion of salmon stocks.

The award recognizes a graduate student in fisheries who is engaged in field research pertaining to sustainability. Preference will be given to a graduate student whose research is focused on the sustainability of the salmon ecosystem.

The award is made on the recommendation of the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Conditions of Award

  1. Projects proposed should be for action in Academic Year 2019/20.
  2. The work must be completed by August 31 two years after the award was made.
  3. The successful applicant provides as product a short paper for one of the IOF’s research publications, with the intention to submit later to the peer-reviewed literature.
  4. Photos of the research trip, with informative captions, will be submitted to the Institute’s social media channels.
  5. The award will be paid out in two equal instalments (September 2019 and January 2020) by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  6. The student is responsible for all tax implications.

To submit a proposal

The IOF will award a scholarship annually to the student making the best academic proposal for field work. Preference will be given to a graduate student whose research is focused on the sustainability of the salmon ecosystem.

  • Proposals should be no longer than 1,000 words.
  • A budget is required in the proposal, and the money can be spent in any study-related fashion.
  • The proposal, budget and applicant’s CV must be sent to awards@oceans.ubc.ca, with the subject: Lawrence Edward Hassell Graduate Field Research Award in Fisheries

Proposal submission deadline is: July 12, 2019


Previous Winners

Yuliya Kuzmenko
Used the award to collect 100 adult sockeye otoliths during the spawning period on Adams lake in late October 2018 to assess early marine growth and link it to the environmental conditions in the Strait of Georgia and answer the question: how early marine growth influence survival and contributes to returns.