Rochelle Renee Plutchak, a graduate student at the University of South Alabama, has been selected as a recipient of the 2008 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.
Plutchak will spend one year in the Washington, D.C., area working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Communications Office. As a communications specialist, she will work to promote NOAA’s research and share information about how NOAA science adds value to society.
Plutchak, who is pursuing a master’s degree in marine science, was chosen to be a fellow during a competitive selection process at the national level. She is one of 48 Knauss fellows for 2008.
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium endorsed Plutchak’s application for the paid fellowship, which is sponsored by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program.
With a Bachelor of Science in biology from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., Plutchak said she is interested in how the results of scientific studies are used to shape domestic policies and international relations.
"It is going to be a whirlwind year that will provide many opportunities to get involved with a wide variety of projects," she said.
Plutchak is a 1999 graduate of Wentzville Holt High School and the daughter of Cheryl Plutchak of O’Fallon, Mo., and the late Peter Plutchak.