MaryLee Haughwout and David Bylsma
Two UW Sea Grant-sponsored students are among 48 nationwide to be awarded a 2008 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.
MaryLee Haughwout and David Bylsma both completed the Water Resources Management Master’s degree program in the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at UW–Madison. The program is known for its year-long, hands-on practicum in which students gain practical experience tackling real-world water resource issues through in-depth study and a professional publication of results. Since February, Haughwout and Bylsma have been putting their training to the test in Washington D.C.
Haughwout is working in the Policy, Planning and Analysis Division at NOAA’s National Ocean Service. Her primary roles are staffing the NOAA Ocean Council, assisting in reviewing testimony and developing briefing materials for NOAA Administrators on ocean-related issues, and assisting other staff in the office with various projects. “Every day is a bit different!” she said.
Bylsma works in Special Projects, another division of the National Ocean Service. His main focus is supporting water quality and nutrient working groups of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a partnership of Gulf state agencies, universities and federal agencies that protect and improve the marine and coastal resources of the Gulf of Mexico. “I am impressed with the structure and organization of the Alliance and would like to use its model for developing a similar alliance of Great Lakes states one day,” said Bylsma.
Sponsored by the National Sea Grant College Program, the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in the national policy decisions affecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. The one-year paid fellowship places highly qualified graduate students in positions within the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C., area. For more information, visit www.seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss/knauss.html.