Student Attendance and Awards Print
Students were first sponsored to attend a CFGA (CTIA) meeting in 1983. This tradition has continued but was formally adopted by the CFGA at the 1991 meeting. It is the objective of the CFGA to promote the use of scientifically and technically sound genetic practices in forestry. What better way to foster and encourage this by sponsoring students to attend meetings? The aim is to provide students who have an interest in tree improvement, forest genetics, etc. an opportunity to attend a meeting so they may meet scientists and practitioners and be exposed to various aspects of this area of specialization. It is hoped that this experience will lead some of the students towards furthering their education in this area. Students enrolled in forestry at the seven Canadian universities with accredited forestry programs are eligible. It is the role of a university’s faculty or school to select a student. The organizing committee of each CFGA meeting is responsible for raising funds to cover transportation, accommodation, and registration costs for each student.

The idea of further recognizing student attendance and encouraging students to present papers and posters had been discussed at several CTIA business meetings beginning in 1993 but it was not until 2004 that the awards were formally adopted. The “Carl Heimburger Award” of $500 is given to the student who presents the best paper at a CFGA meeting. The “Gene Namkoong Award” of $300 is given to the student who presents the best poster at a CFGA meeting. These awards were presented for the first time at the 30th CFGA meeting held in 2006 at Charlottetown, PEI.