UAPB student receives American Fisheries Society award

Patrick Wilson, a student in the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, has won an award for an outstanding research paper.

Wilson, of Manistee, Mich., won the Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award at the 2012 meeting of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Conway.

He is double majoring in fisheries biology and criminal justice.

“It’s a really great feeling,” Wilson said of the award. “My sister (Alichia) was there so it was kind of like a sibling rivalry.”

Wilson won the award for a paper entitled “Does Copper Sulfate Create a Heat Hardening Response in Channel Catfish?”

Alf Haukenes, an assistant professor in applied fish reproductive physiology at UAPB, said Wilson is “flourishing in a laboratory environment designing, completing and presenting the results of his experiments.”

“Several audience members at the AFS meeting in Conway pointed out how skillful Patrick was at presenting highly technical information,” Haukenes said. “I look forward to continuing to watch him develop as a scientist. The natural skills he has already demonstrated working at AQFI Center (UAPB Aquaculture Fisheries Center of Excellence) will serve him well.”