Student receives NOAA fellowship to work on rising sea levels

Alex Kuttesch, a graduating student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, has been named a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Management Fellow.

The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs.

The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

Kuttesch will be connected with the New York State Coastal Management Program within the Department of Planning Development.

“This is a highly selective and prestigious fellowship, and we are so proud of Alex’s dedication, tenacity and success in this national competition,” said Meghan Gough, Ph.D., chair of the Urban and Regional Planning/Studies program. “This is a tremendous honor for Alex, as well as for the Wilder School and VCU.”

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