2942CEE8 EEDD 415F BDEE 5C2A5F52691FMaster's student, Ashlyn Spector (graduated January 2022), was named one of the 74 national finalists selected for the 2022 class of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program.  She is also 1 of 4 Rutgers graduate students – the most of any institution of higher education in the United States – selected for this prestigious program.  Named after oceanographer and meteorologist John A. Knauss, one of the founders of the Sea Grant and former NOAA administrator, the one-year paid fellowship has provided almost 1,500 students interested in how national policy decisions affect ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources the opportunity to work with either the legislative or executive branch of the government since the program was launched in 1979.

Ashlyn is working as a Legislative fellow on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation- Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change, and Manuacturing.  This committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Commerce, includes NOAA, and she has been spending her time attending meetings with public and private stakeholders, editting and drafting legislation, and preparing for committee hearings.

Amazing work Ashlyn!