Two from SoMAS Chosen as ESA Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients

by Stony Brook University
February 4, 2022

Stony Brook University graduate students Isabella Betancourt and Abigail J. Costigan, from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences’ (SoMAS) Marine Conservation and Policy program, have been selected in the Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) 2022 cohort in the Ecological Society of America (ESA). This award provides graduate students with the opportunity to participate in a virtual Congressional Visits Day.

As GSPA recipients, they will learn about the legislative process and federal science funding before meeting virtually with members of Congress to discuss the importance of federal investments in the biological and ecological sciences. Additionally, they will explore policy career options as ecologists who work in federal agencies will share their career paths and how a scientific background can be applied to informing policy.

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