This Central Michigan University Great Lakes Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, 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 2019 dates are May 28-August 3).

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.
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 three letters of recommendation.
During Summer 2019​, 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 2019 are eligible to apply. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.​
The application cycle is closed for the 2018 season.

​ All application materials (electronic application, transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation) should be submitted by Friday, February 1, 2019 to the address below. Letters of recommendation must come from those writing the recommendation, not from the applicant. Transcripts and letters may be emailed. For questions or to email materials, please contact the program coordinator at iglr@cmich.edu.

CMU Great Lakes REU
c/o Jessica Lapp
Brooks Hall 217
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
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
989-774-4401
iglr@cmic​h.edu

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