CMU Great Lakes Summer Research Program

2015 Program and Dates

Five to seven students will be chosen to work with CMU faculty members on projects related to the Great Lakes ecosystems from June 1 to August 7, 2015. Students will live and work on Beaver Island at the Central Michigan University Biological Station (CMUBS) in northern Lake Michigan during the 10-week program.

Application

CLICK HERE to apply for the 2015 summer program.  Along with this application, please submit transcripts for your academic work and three letters of recommendation to the address or via the email noted below.  ​Deadline for application and materials is February 27, 2015.  ​If you have questions or are interested in future opportunities with this prog​ram, please contact:​

CMU Great Lakes Summer Research for Undergraduates
c/o Jessica Lapp
ET Building 228
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Requirements

A background in biology, chemistry, geographic information systems (GIS), or environmental science with a strong interest in the chemical, physical and biological aspects of aquatic ecosystems.  Applicants must also provide their transcripts and three letters of recommendation.​

2015​ Summer Research Topics

The 2015 CMU Great Lakes Summer Research for Undergraduates program will focus on chemical, physical and biological aspects of the Lake Michigan nearshore shunt and its influence on nearshore-offshore coupling.  This process has been hypothesized as a primary driver of the unprecedented changes observed in the Lake Michigan ecosystem over the last decade. Through involvement in this research program, students will interact with multiple faculty members to gain experience in sampling design, statistical analyses, GIS mapping, ecological field and laboratory techniques, report writing, and scientific oral presentations.  In addition, students will engage with faculty members to learn about issues related to the Great Lakes and also broad concepts of the research process. 

Stipend

During Summer 2015​, each student will receive a stipend of $4,000, lodging at CMUBS and meals provided in the cafeteria there. Funding of up to $500 is available to reimburse each student for travel costs to reach Beaver Island. Faculty mentors will also receive $500 in research funding for supplies and research-related travel.

Eligibility

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and will be undergraduates with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

For more information on the CMU Great Lakes Summer Research for Undergraduates program, and to submit additional application materials:

CMU Great Lakes Summer Research for Undergraduates
c/o Jessica Lapp
ET Building 228
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

989-774-4401
jessica.lapp@cmich.edu