California graduate student awarded federal fellowship

USC Sea Grant is pleased to have Nicole Ricci in Washington, D.C. this year as a federal Knauss Fellow. Ms. Ricci was one of 38 graduate students nationwide selected as year 2000 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows. Fellows work in a federal legislative or executive office in Washington, D.C., during the year 2000.

Nicole Ricci is a Texas A&M graduate currently seeking her master's degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Ms. Ricci has an extensive background working for the federal government, including time at the US Geological Survey's Biological Resources Division and the US Army Corps of Engineers' Fisheries Engineering Team. Ms. Ricci's involvement in report and publication editing help her to discover the lack of science based public policy. This fueled her plans to use her background in science to help formulate policy for a better relationship between science and government.

Ms. Ricci will work in the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, where she will participate in a broad spectrum of science and policy based projects.

The Knauss Fellowship was established in 1979 to provide a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decision affecting those resources. The fellowship matches graduate students with hosts in executive, legislative, or an appropriate association/institution in Washington D.C. for a year long paid fellowship.