CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –Kaitlyn Schroeder-Spain, Graduate Assistant for the Department of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been selected as a 2015 Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Recipient by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“I am really excited about this opportunity,” said Schroeder-Spain. “I am looking forward to the chance to meet and work with so many successful professionals.”
Schroeder-Spain, currently in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Coastal and Marine System Sciences at the Island University, was selected as an Executive Finalist Fellowship based on her research and potential as a professional in the environmental industry. During her time as a graduate researcher in Dr. Lee Smee’s Marine Ecology Lab, Schroeder-Spain has been researching the effects of several common vector-control toxicants on an important ecological and commercial species, blue crab.
The fellowship matches highly-qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. Schroeder-Spain has been selected to join an office within the executive branch, to begin in February 2015.
“I’m not sure where I will be working just yet,” said Schroeder-Spain. “All I hope for is an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to research and policy.”During the next phase of the process, Schroeder will travel to Washington, D.C., November 16-21, for a “Placement Week” during which she will interview with potential hosts to determine where she will work for the next year.