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New Fellowship Program to Strengthen Great Lakes Science/Policy Linkages

Lisa Koch, a graduate student in the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Wildlife Ecology, has been selected as the first Great Lakes Commission - Sea Grant Fellow by sponsoring organizations. This year-long fellowship, based at Great Lakes Commission offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is designed to strengthen the science/policy linkage to help advance sound public policy. Koch will spend calendar year 2000 working with members of the Great Lakes science, policy and information/education communities on leading environmental quality and sustainable development issues.

“This new fellowship program adds an important dimension to the work of the Great Lakes Commission,” notes Frank Kudrna, Chair of the Illinois Commission Delegation and a member of the National Sea Grant Advisory Panel. “The student gains practical experience in the policy arena, while we benefit from their scientific expertise.” An added benefit, according to Great Lakes Commission executive director Michael J. Donahue, is the opportunity to nurture careers in Great Lakes science among some of the best and brightest students in the region.

Students interested in the Great Lakes Commission - Sea Grant Fellowship program are encouraged to contact the commission at 734.665.9135 or glc@great-lakes.net.

By Sea Grant Staff
February 2000

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