Four graduates from Rutgers, which had the most of any institution in the U.S., have been selected for the 2022 class of the NOAA and Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program. Janine Barr, Schuyler Nardelli and Elizabeth Liza-Fairbanks (Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences) and Ashlyn Spector (Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences) are among the 74 finalists in the national program.
Named after one of Sea Grant’s founders and former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss, the fellowship is a unique educational and professional experience open to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.
Since 1979, the National Sea Grant College Program has administered the one-year fellowship program that matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.
The 2022 Knauss finalists will become the 43rd class of the fellowship and will join a group of almost 1,500 professionals who have received hands-on experiences transferring science to policy and management through one-year appointments with federal government offices in Washington, D.C.
Knauss finalists are chosen through a competitive process that includes comprehensive review at both the state Sea Grant program and national levels. Students that are enrolled in or have recently completed master’s, Juris Doctor (J.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs, with a focus and/or interest in marine and coastal science, policy or management apply to one of the 34 Sea Grant programs.