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South Carolina Students Selected for Knauss Fellowships

Feb 14, 2010 | News

Three South Carolina graduate students has each been awarded a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for 2010.

Charles Kolo Rathburn recently completed a M.S. in marine biology from the College of Charleston. He will serve as a fellow in the office of Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, helping to provide scientific information in support of marine-policy decisions.

Michelle A. Johnston is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences at the University of South Carolina. She will serve as special assistant to the deputy director in the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Lisa Vandiver is also pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences at the University of South Carolina. She will serve in the Damage, Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program of the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service.

To further the education of tomorrow’s leaders, the National Sea Grant Office sponsors the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, bringing a select group of graduate students to the nation’s capital, where they work in the federal government’s legislative and executive branches.

The students learn about federal policy regarding marine and Great Lakes natural resources and lend their scientific expertise to federal agencies and congressional staff offices.

Each of the nation’s 32 Sea Grant programs can nominate up to six students to the Knauss fellows program each year. Selections are then made competitively from among those nominations.