Virginia Sea Grant is excited to offer opportunities for graduate students to explore the science-policy interface in Washington, DC and Richmond, VA through facilitated panel discussions and information sessions with current coastal, marine, and natural resource managers and policy makers.

Participating students have the opportunity to attend workshops prior to the Policy Field Trip to learn more about government structure and the nature of science and policy at the state and federal level, including challenges, opportunities, and science communication. During the spring semester break field trip attendees learn more about the nature of the science-based policy and the critical professional skills and competencies needed for a successful career in science-policy, including opportunities to practice professional networking skills and identify their strengths and limitations.

During Virginia Sea Grant’s most recent trip to Washington, D.C. students meet with members of:

  • Senator Kaine and Congressman Wittman’s Staff
  • NOAA Chief Scientist Office
  • NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration & Research
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • USEPA Office of Water, Office of Science & Technology
  • Restore America’s Estuaries
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts