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Altman, Nesbitt, and Quintrell Named as 2024 Knauss Fellows

Oct 5, 2023

Three Consortium nominees have been selected for the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, providing them the opportunity to spend a year working in the Washington, D.C., area. This competitive fellowship is offered by the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, and matches chosen early-career professionals with legislative and executive offices focused on marine policy. The three recipients from South Carolina will be assigned a host office later this year and will be among the cohort of eighty-five to begin the fellowship in February 2024.

Ekaterina Altman is pursuing a PhD in environmental health sciences at the University of South Carolina. “As a Knauss fellow, I am thrilled to be part of the extensive network of 1,600 professionals who have so much in common with me in environmental interests, but each having a unique path. I look forward to engaging more with current and former Knauss fellows and finding ways to meaningfully contribute and share knowledge about marine policy concerns and solutions with more people in accessible ways,” said Altman.

Malayna Nesbitt recently graduated with an MPH with a concentration in health promotion and health behavior from the Medical University of South Carolina: “I especially look forward to learning and implementing my own experiences within research to develop solutions to public health issues affecting people across the nation. I believe this will be a great developmental tool for early career growth and I am looking forward to meeting my cohort peers!”

Anna Quintrell is completing an MS in marine biology and biological oceanography at the College of Charleston. “Being chosen for the Knauss Fellowship is a significant milestone in my career, and I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to work alongside dedicated professionals in the pursuit of safeguarding our precious coastal resources,” said Quintrell.

Additional details about Knauss and other opportunities can be found on the Consortium’s fellowship page or by contacting Susannah Sheldon, research and fellowships manager, at 843-953-2083.