By: Matthew White
Hampton University graduate student Larry Redd, Jr. has been named a John A. Knauss Fellow and will spend one year working on Capitol Hill assisting with US policy on marine fisheries.
Redd, the first HU student selected for this award, is graduate student in biology (environmental track) and is conducting his research in the Department of Marine and Environmental Science's Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center where Dr. Deidre Gibson serves as the Principal Investigator.
"It means quite a lot to be selected for this award," said Redd, Jr. "The Marine Science field lacks diversity. Hopefully I can be an example to other students that if you put in the work and trust yourself that you can make an impact."
Redd's graduate research is in the field of sustainable aquaculture, and is funded by grants from the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center and conducted in collaboration with Virginia Tech's Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center (VSAREC) in downtown Hampton.
Redd was recently awarded an Outstanding Student Presentation Award for his Oral Presentation at the 2015 Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Grenada, Spain. "It takes a village, but such successes are indicative of the critical role of research in the educational process,"said Dr. Andrij Z. Horodysky, assistant professor Department of Marine and Environmental Science.
The competitive John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant's founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship.
Redd's appointment will come in the executive branch, with the specific line office determined in November. He will begin his year long fellowship in February of 2016 and will be involved with Marine Fisheries Policy issues facing the United States. Many Knauss Fellows recruit directly to federal employment following successful completion their Fellowship.