2019 Knauss finalist representing CT Sea Grant announced

E. Grace Reville
E. Grace Reville

Connecticut Sea Grant is pleased to announce that E. Grace Reville has been named one of 66 finalists for the prestigious and highly competitive John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program for 2019.

Reville graduated in May with a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

The one-year fellowships to work in federal government offices in Washington, D.C., have been available through the National Sea Grant College Program since 1979. For the 2019 class, the finalists represent 30 of the 33 Sea Grant programs across the country.

Reville, a 2018 graduate, will travel this fall with the other Knauss finalists to Washington to interview with executive and legislative offices. Following placement, they will begin their fellowships in February 2019.

She and the other finalists were chosen through a competitive process that includes several rounds of review at the state Sea Grant and national programs. Eligible candidates are those finishing a master’s, juris doctor or doctoral program with a focus or interest in marine science, policy or management. Applications of those who are successful at the state program level are then reviewed by a national panel of experts.

“The Knauss fellowship is one of Sea Grant’s flagship programs,” said Jonathan Pennock, director of the National Sea Grant College Program. “Every class of Knauss fellows continues to raise the bar, and the 2019 finalists are no exception. I’m also happy to share that in response to growing demand for Sea Grant Knauss fellows in federal government offices, we are pleased to include two additional legislative fellowships for the 40th anniversary class.”

In their comments on Reville’s application, reviewers noted her work with the Department of Environment in Antigua and Barbuda to help with recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as her work as a laboratory assistant with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center. She also served as a teaching fellow at Yale and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.

Executive appointments for last year’s Knauss fellows included placements throughout NOAA as well as with Department of the Interior, National Science Foundation, the Navy, and other agencies. Legislative placements included the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Senate Commerce Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and several placements in Congressional offices of both political parties.

“We are happy for Grace and wish her well in the placement process this fall, as she explores the range of host office opportunities through which she can enhance her education and professional experience in marine policy,” said Nancy Balcom, associate director of Connecticut Sea Grant.

This year’s Knauss finalists join a group of over 1,200 professionals who have received hands-on experiences transferring science to policy and management through their one-year appointments.

For information about the Knauss program, visit: https://seagrant.uconn.edu/?p=1119.

Placement of 2019 Knauss finalists as fellows is contingent on adequate funding in Fiscal Year 2019.