UGA Skidaway Institute student receives national fellowship

Recently graduated Skidaway Institute graduate student Christine Burns has been awarded a prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

The Knauss Fellowships are sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Sea Grant. The National Sea Grant College Program provides one-year fellowships to work in federal government offices in Washington, D.C. Burns is one of 66 finalists in the class of 2019.

The fellowships are open to students finishing a master’s, doctorate or law degree program with a focus or interest in marine science, policy or management. The applicants undergo a rigorous selection process at both the state and national level. Burns traveled to Washington, D.C. this fall to interview with several executive and legislative offices. She has been assigned to the NOAA Office of Coast Survey as the Precision Navigation Fellow.

Burns successfully defended her master’s thesis in November and received her degree in December. Her faculty advisors were Clark Alexander and Merryl Alber. Burns received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

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