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Student Awarded Knauss Fellowship

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Susan Solarz

A University of Minnesota Ph.D. candidate, Susan Solarz, was awarded the prestigious Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship by the National Sea Grant College Program.

“Competition for this fellowship is keen, so we’re delighted that Susan received the award,” said Jeff Gunderson, Minnesota Sea Grant acting director. Minnesota Sea Grant recommended Solarz and is sponsoring her.

The Knauss Fellowship was established in 1979 to provide a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in marine or Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches graduate students with hosts in the legislative branch, the executive branch, or appropriate associations located in the Washington D.C. area for one year. The program is named after a former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration director.

Solarz’ Ph.D. co-advisors were Sea Grant researchers Ray Newman and Anne Kapuscinski with the University of Minnesota Fisheries and Wildlife Department. Solarz’ research focused on the control effects native weevils have on Eurasian watermilfoil, an exotic plant found in lakes. After competing against a pool of 55 applicants nationwide, Solarz was one of 30 fellows chosen to work with the executive branch. She will work on marine policy and conservation issues for Representative Sam Farr, a Democrat from California. She leaves for Washington D.C. in February.

By Sea Grant Staff
December 1998

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