University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Andrea Neu has been awarded a Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship for 2007.
As a Knauss fellow, Neu will move to Washington, D.C., in February and will spend one year working with a government agency in the field of marine policy and regulations. She will be paired with a host agency in the executive branch of government after placement week interviews, which will take place in December.
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium endorsed Neu’s application for the paid fellowship, which is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program. During a competitive selection process at the national level, Neu was chosen to become one of approximately 50 Knauss fellows for 2007.
Graduate and professional degree students who are studying in a marine or aquatic-related field are eligible to apply for the fellowships. The program matches fellows with hosts in the executive or legislative branches of government.
Neu, who is completing her master’s degree in marine sciences with an emphasis in biological oceanography, became interested in marine policy while studying as an undergraduate at USM.
While she has a love for marine science, she said she wanted to spend more time outside a laboratory and turned her eyes toward marine policy.
“I didn’t want to be in a lab all day,” Neu said. “With my science background and personality, policy was the way for me to go.”
While Neu is educated in marine sciences, she sees the Knauss fellowship as her opportunity to open the door to valuable knowledge about policy issues.
“I thought that this was a wonderful opportunity, and I’m very excited to be able to do this,” she said.
Neu, originally from Illinois, moved to Corinth, Miss., when she was in high school. She graduated from Corinth High School in 2000 and earned her bachelor’s degree in marine biology from USM in 2003. She is completing her graduate thesis, “Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to model the environmental quality of St. Louis Bay, Mississippi,” at Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
She is a teaching assistant and serves on USM’s President’s Council as the student representative for the College of Science and Technology.
Neu is the daughter of Richard and Angie Neu of Altamont, Ill., and Mark and Diana Hollie of Ramer, Tenn. She resides in Picayune, Miss.
The Knauss fellowship program is named in honor of John A. Knauss, a former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a founder of the Sea Grant program.
Sea Grant is national network of more than 30 programs that provide support, leadership and expertise for university-based marine research, extension and education.