Open to student applicants from across the U.S.A., the Central Michigan University Great Lakes Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, funded by, funded by the National Science Foundation and the College of Science and Engineering, supports the training of 8 students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2019-2021 (tentative 2021 dates are June 1-August 6).

Research will be conducted at CMU’s Biological Station, Beaver Island, MI. The interdisciplinary research theme will document how unprecedented changes currently underway (e.g. invasive and non-native species and anthropogenic stress) in the Laurentian Great Lakes are affecting the structure, function, and ecosystem services of the nearshore environment. The Great Lakes represent one of the world’s most important and threatened freshwater ecosystems.

Students will develop research projects ranging from limnology, fisheries biology, conservation and spatial ecology, molecular ecology, and microbial ecology in collaboration with CMU faculty to gain hands-on experience in all parts of the scientific process, from experimental design through data dissemination and translation. Students will engage with multiple stakeholders (e.g. government, private, and cultural) who have interests in Great Lakes resources and will learn to communicate their science to these groups.
2019 Students and Projects
  • Lily Boland (Project Title: Trends in the diet composition of larval lake whitefish and cisco)
  • Nathan Dorn (Project Title: Relationship between microorganisms, cyanotoxins, and water quality aspects in northern Lake Michigan)
  • Jamaal Jacobs (Project Title: ddPCR analysis of Round Goby in Lake Michigan using eDNA)
  • Madelina Marques (Project Title: Potential Trends for Human and Gull Fecal Contaminants in Lake Michigan)
  • Oliver Rodrigues (Project Title: Zooplankton richness around Beaver Island)
  • Isabel Schaal (Project Title: Nutrient, Chlorophyll, and Water Quality Gradients Along the Beaver Island Ferry Route)
  • Noel Schmitz (Project Title: Cisco vs. Lake Whitefish Identification)
  • Jordan Stevens (Project Title: Nursery Habitat Selection and Abundance of Coregonids in Northern Lake Michigan) 
2019 Research Mentors
A background in biology, chemistry, or environmental science​ with a strong interest in the chemical, physical and biological aspects of aquatic ecosystems. Applicants must provide their transcripts and 2-3 letters of recommendation.
During Summer 2021​, each student will receive a stipend of $5,750, lodging provided at CMU and at the CMU Biological Station, and meals provided in the cafeteria. Funding of up to $500 is available to reimburse each student for travel costs to the REU site.
Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and who will be returning to their undergraduate program in Fall 2021 are eligible to apply. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.​
The 2021 application cycle is now CLOSED.  Please download, complete and submit the application as directed. Please download and forward the recommendation form to each person providing a recommendation for you. Hi, Rob – we’re past the deadline now for REU applications.
(Please use Acrobat Reader to complete your form, not the Apple Preview available on Mac computers.)

All application materials (application, transcripts and letters of recommendation) should be submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021. Email is preferable for all materials. Paper copies are acceptable but must be postmarked by the application deadline. 2-3 letters of recommendation must be sent by those writing the recommendation, not by the applicant. For questions and to email materials, please contact the program coordinator at 

CMU Great Lakes REU
c/o Jessica Lapp
Brooks Hall 217
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

We expect to extend offers of awards by early March, 2021. Please be patient during this process and feel free to contact the mailbox with questions.
For more information on the CMU Great Lakes REU, and to submit additional application materials:

CMU Great Lakes REU
c/o Jessica Lapp
Brooks Hall 217
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Funding for this project is provided by NSF Award 1757418 and the College of Science & Engineering.​​