Alaska Sea Grant seeks college students for marine policy fellowship

Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Hoping to extend their winning streak to a third year, the Alaska Sea Grant College Program is looking for a few good men and women currently enrolled in higher education to apply for a paid Washington, D.C., fellowship in marine policy.

Each year, Alaska Sea Grant recruits exemplary students to compete nationally for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The prestigious fellowship provides eligible students a year of paid experience working on marine issues with a congressional staff or with an executive branch resource management agency.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010 fellowship. The deadline for applying is Feb. 20, 2009. The fellowship is open to all students enrolled in a graduate or professional program in a marine- or aquatic-related field at a U.S.-accredited institution of higher learning.

During 2009, three UAF students were among 51 people chosen in the national competition. Celeste Leroux, Erin Steiner, and Mary Bozza, all graduate students at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, will travel to Washington, D.C., in January to begin their fellowships.

Former UAF graduate student Seanbob Kelly was named a Knauss Fellow in 2008. He currently is completing his fellowship with the National Marine Fisheries Service. Much of his work centers on the implementation of congressional reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

The Knauss fellowship began in 1979 and is run by the National Sea Grant College Program. Since then, more than 600 Knauss Fellows have worked in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.

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