CMU Great Lakes Summer Research Program

​​2016 Program and Dates

For 2016, five to seven students will be chosen to work with CMU faculty members on projects related to the Great Lakes ecosystems from May 30 to August 5, 2016. 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.  Students receiving this award are expected to be in residence at CMUBS for the duration of this time period.

Application

The application deadline was January 29, 2016.  THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

All additional application materials (electronic application, transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation) should be submitted by January 29, 2016 to the address below.  For questions or to email materials, please contact the program coordinator at iglr@cmich.edu.  

Letters of recommendation must come from those writing the recommendation, not from the applicant.

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 system (GIS), or environmental science​ with a strong interest in the chemical, physical and biological aspects of aquatic ecosystems. Applicants must provide their transcripts and three letters of recommendation.

2016​ Summer Research Topics

The 2016 CMU Great Lakes Summer Research for Undergraduates program will focus on chemical and physical aspects of nearshore Lake Michigan and how these aspects affect algal, invertebrate, and fish communities.  Research will also emphasize how water currents alter the availability of nutrients, the abundance and diversity of organisms, and nearshore-offshore coupling.  Through involvement in this research program, students will interact with multiple faculty members to gain experience in sampling design, statistical analyses, 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 and professional development.

Stipend

During Summer 2016​, each student will receive a stipend of $4,500, 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
iglr@cmic​h.edu