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Lessons from the (corn) field
Lessons from the (corn) field

Lessons from the (corn) field

Lessons from the (corn) field

Tips and Advice

Lessons from the (corn) field

By: Maggie Beetstra. As a social scientist in the Midwest, I spent hours and hours having conversations with farmers, visiting their farms, meeting their families, and trying to understand how they make conservation decisions. Now, as a Knauss fellow, I’ve traded the corn and soybean fields for community resilience and marine education,...
From professional development plans to interpersonal skills, how the Knauss Fellowship offers unexpected and lifelong lessons
From professional development plans to interpersonal skills, how the Knauss Fellowship offers unexpected and lifelong lessons

From professional development plans to interpersonal skills,...

From professional development plans to interpersonal skills, how the Knauss Fellowship offers unexpected and lifelong lessons

Tips and Advice

From professional development plans to interpersonal skills, how the Knauss Fellowship offers unexpected and lifelong lessons

By: Kaitlyn Lowder. As a Knauss fellow who just finished up her fellowship year, I can confidently say I had the opportunity to gain the experience that I envisioned and more. Yet, reflecting on this past year, there is an aspect to this fellowship that I had not expected but now cannot imagine advancing my career without: a wealth of professional...
Two sides of the same coin – fisheries science and management
Two sides of the same coin – fisheries science and management

Two sides of the same coin – fisheries science and...

Two sides of the same coin – fisheries science and management

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Two sides of the same coin – fisheries science and management

By: Bryan Keller. There are plenty of fish in the sea and some of them taste really good. That is how the saying goes, right? Fisheries management is the reason why plenty of fish continue to be in the sea. But, without fisheries science, fisheries management would not be successful. Transitioning from the world of academia to the world of policy,...
The female mentors who made me
The female mentors who made me

The female mentors who made me

The female mentors who made me

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The female mentors who made me

By: Taylor Goelz. In honor of National Mentoring Month, I wanted to add my two cents to the #WomenInSTEM mentorship conversation and use my Knauss Blog to highlight the female mentors that have made a difference in my life and journey. These women, among many others that I’ve interacted with over the years, exemplify the type of mentor that I...
Five things every Knauss fellow needs during a virtual fellowship
Five things every Knauss fellow needs during a virtual fellowship

Five things every Knauss fellow needs during a virtual...

Five things every Knauss fellow needs during a virtual fellowship

Tips and Advice

Five things every Knauss fellow needs during a virtual fellowship

By: Josie Lindsey-Robbins. This fellowship year has been unlike years past, with the majority of fellows in my cohort exclusively teleworking since March 2020. For all future fellows, here are five things I think you need in order to have a successful virtual fellowship.
Learning to tame monkeys
Learning to tame monkeys

Learning to tame monkeys

Learning to tame monkeys

Tips and Advice

Learning to tame monkeys

By: Caroline Wiernicki. Who has the monkey? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. In the words of William Oncken Jr. and Donald L. Wass, the proverbial “monkey” is a concept key to working on a team: an individual’s responsibility or task that contributes towards the team’s broader goals.
A FORCE for Good!
A FORCE for Good!

A FORCE for Good!

A FORCE for Good!

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A FORCE for Good!

By: Jessie Straub. By applying my coastal resilience skills and knowledge during my Knauss Fellowship, I knew I could become a “force” for good. As part of an informal working group for 2020 Knauss fellows, FORCE (Fellows for Organized Coastal Efforts), I have the chance to do just that.   
By giving back, I gained more than I could imagine
By giving back, I gained more than I could imagine

By giving back, I gained more than I could imagine

By giving back, I gained more than I could imagine

Outreach

By giving back, I gained more than I could imagine

By: Lauren Bonatakis. When I decided to quit my full-time, benefitted job to move to a new state for a year of service with AmeriCorps on a whim, it was a surprise to those who know me best. It was also one of the best decisions I have made.   
Lessons learned: The difference a mentor makes
Lessons learned: The difference a mentor makes

Lessons learned: The difference a mentor makes

Lessons learned: The difference a mentor makes

Tips and Advice

Lessons learned: The difference a mentor makes

By: Tiffany Atkinson. I can’t emphasize enough how incredibly valuable it can be when someone takes you under their wing as a mentor. The lessons we learn from these relationships can teach us so much about ourselves and the world.
International affairs... from the comfort/confines of home
International affairs... from the comfort/confines of home

International affairs... from the comfort/confines of home

International affairs... from the comfort/confines of home

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International affairs... from the comfort/confines of home

By: Victoria Luu. A quick Google search reveals no shortage of articles and blog posts describing 2020 as what, at the end of 2019, many hoped and believed would be a “Super Year” for the ocean. However, with the travel bans and limits on in-person gatherings imposed in the wake of COVID-19, most of the international meetings have...
The Lost Geographer: Following the road signs to Knauss
The Lost Geographer: Following the road signs to Knauss

The Lost Geographer: Following the road signs to Knauss

The Lost Geographer: Following the road signs to Knauss

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The Lost Geographer: Following the road signs to Knauss

By: Michelle Harris. There’s a common joke that geographers “know where it’s at” - but for this geographer, a sense of direction is not something I’m inherently adept at. No matter how much I plan, there is always an unexpected turn somewhere along the way to be laughed about later. When comparing this to my life...
“Knauss” is everywhere you go
“Knauss” is everywhere you go

“Knauss” is everywhere you go

“Knauss” is everywhere you go

Policy

“Knauss” is everywhere you go

By: Grace Roskar. From a summer internship in North Carolina to policy work in D.C., graduate school in Florida, and a research cruise in the Southeast, the variety of experiences I had and the people I met over the years are what influenced my journey to the fellowship.
Becoming the type of scientist my childhood self never pictured
Becoming the type of scientist my childhood self never pictured

Becoming the type of scientist my childhood self never...

Becoming the type of scientist my childhood self never pictured

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Becoming the type of scientist my childhood self never pictured

By: Naomi Lewandowski. For nearly 10 years, I’ve made career choices based on one very sacred metric: would my eight-year-old self be proud of me? As I navigated college, temporary lab jobs, and graduate school, I held this metric dear. However, after becoming a Knauss fellow, and starting down an unexpected and, potentially, brand new career...
“So, tell me…” How in-depth conversations propelled my work with communities in graduate school and the Knauss fellowship
“So, tell me…” How in-depth conversations propelled my work with communities in graduate school and the Knauss fellowship

“So, tell me…” How in-depth conversations propelled my work...

“So, tell me…” How in-depth conversations propelled my work with communities in graduate school and the Knauss fellowship

Communication

“So, tell me…” How in-depth conversations propelled my work with communities in graduate school and the Knauss fellowship

By: Maggie Chory. When thinking about my experience so far as a Knauss Fellow, I am struck by the fact that many of the skills I learned and practiced as a graduate student play into my day-to-day work now. One skill that I was surprised to discover would have so much importance this year is the ability to conduct a productive and meaningful...
On the rocks? A bartender’s guide to scientific success
On the rocks? A bartender’s guide to scientific success

On the rocks? A bartender’s guide to scientific success

On the rocks? A bartender’s guide to scientific success

Tips and Advice

On the rocks? A bartender’s guide to scientific success

By: Brianna Shaughnessy. While I now live in Washington, D.C., and have committed to a career in science, it was only six months ago that I packed up my favorite corkscrew and bottle opener to begin my adventure as a Knauss fellow. Five of the lessons I learned through my bartending experiences stand out as those that I believe make me successful...
The Power of a Poster
The Power of a Poster

The Power of a Poster

The Power of a Poster

Communication

The Power of a Poster

By: Rachel Hager. I’m a Knauss marine policy fellow at NOAA because of a poster. Seven years ago, I saw one small poster pinned to a brown cork board in the hallway of a research center in Maryland. I decided to apply for the Knauss fellowship as an inland fellow from Utah because I kept thinking about that poster.   
A Tale of Two Offices
A Tale of Two Offices

A Tale of Two Offices

A Tale of Two Offices

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A Tale of Two Offices

By: Brittney Parker. I knew the Knauss Fellowship was the perfect way to take on a new challenge while pushing myself out of my comfort zone of scientific research. Little did I know prior to placement week that through my Knauss Fellowship I wouldn’t just be learning the ins-and-outs of a single executive branch office; I also would be...
The Business Case for Knauss Fellows
The Business Case for Knauss Fellows

The Business Case for Knauss Fellows

The Business Case for Knauss Fellows

Tips and Advice

The Business Case for Knauss Fellows

By: Meredith Richardson. Knauss Fellows have the unique opportunity to follow their own interests during their fellowship year, rather than exact roles laid out in a job description. It’s this flexibility that allows fellows to serve as connectors between departments and agencies, identifying areas for improvement and increasing...
One NOAA ‘Ohana
One NOAA ‘Ohana

One NOAA ‘Ohana

One NOAA ‘Ohana

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One NOAA ‘Ohana

By: Alexandra Skrivanek. NOAA’s mission of science, service and stewardship is vast in scope, spanning the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean. I can personally attest to this because, in the first 24 hours of traveling with RDML Gallaudet in Hawaiʻi at the start of my fellowship year, we covered most of this breadth.
You Can’t Plan for a Change of Plans
You Can’t Plan for a Change of Plans

You Can’t Plan for a Change of Plans

You Can’t Plan for a Change of Plans

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You Can’t Plan for a Change of Plans

By: Cheyenne Stienbarger. Before we begin, there is something you must know about me. I like organization and need to have a plan, whether it’s a plan for the trip to the grocery store, for the year, or for the next five years. I live to plan. Spoiler alert: you just can’t plan for some things. I discovered the Knauss...

Friday, May 10, 2019

Never Underestimate the Power of a Free Meal

If someone told me a year back that I’d roll out of bed, wear formal clothing I’d never owned previously, and walk into work (with my own desk and everything), I would have laughed my loudest! Prior to 2019 I was the typical graduate student, living the lab life in my jeans and sneakers, and never having heard of the Knauss Fellowship. How did I end up here?

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

My Knauss Story: A day in the life of a Congressional staffer

As the air horn blew, I couldn’t help but laugh. Even NBC News caught me laughing. During a committee hearing, Representative Cunningham (D-SC) wanted to illustrate that seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic ocean would be as loud and disruptive to the endangered North Atlantic right whale as his air horn blast was to the hearing.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Welcome to the Knauss Fellowship Blog!

The Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is a one-year paid immersive policy experience that provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students, but what does that mean? Who are Knauss Fellows and what do they do?

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