School of Biological Sciences
Scholarships & Grant Opportunities
Undergraduate Research Fund
Undergraduate research is an integral part of the student experience at Lake Superior State
University. In fact, the University mission and vision statement emphasizes LSSU's role in
helping students develop their full potential, as well as contributing to the growth,
dissemination and application of knowledge. The Undergraduate Research Committe
(URC) is charged with promoting and recognizing the student research efforts that occur
across campus, as well as encouraging new efforts. The committee consists of faculty
members from various academic disciplines and is currently chaired by Dr. Barb Keller, the
Dean of the College of Natural, Mathematical and Health Sciences. One of the main roles
of the URC is to oversee the Undergraduate Research Fund, a program sponsored by the
LSSU Foundation that awards grants of up to $500 to students to support research-based
equipment, supplies, and travel. The student grants are awarded once each semester on a
competitive basis. To apply for a research grant, students must fill out the online application form, Before applying, students should first read the application guidelines.
William R. Gregory Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of William R. Gregory, former president of Edison Sault Electric Company. He has served as a member of the LSSU Board of Trustees and the LSSU Foundation Board. He
received LSSU's Distinguished Citizen Award in 1986. Former LSSU President Robert Arbuckle once stated,
"Bill Gregory has actively supported the University with his talent and treasure for over 25 years. No one in
this region is more devoted to Lake State! Successful candidates must be a junior majoring in engineering,
mathematics, business, biology or fisheries and wildlife management with a grade point average of 3.0 or
higher, Value: Variable - renewable, Criteria: Merit-based; junior status; minimum 3.0 GPA. Curriculum:
Engineering, Mathematics, Business, Biology, or Fisheries & Wildlife Management. Selected by: Financial Aid
Committee through scholarship sign-up... watch for more details.
Michael Della-Moretta Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors Michael Della-Moretta, a 1977 alumnus and Navy pilot killed in 1981 while serving aboard the USS Independence off the coast of Iran. He once said the happiest years of his life were at Lake Superior State University. The award is given to an Eastern U.P. resident with an interest in biological science or lab science major (including math and computer science) who has achieved academic excellence.
||Health Professions Scholarships (pre-med, pre-dental, Medical Laboratory Sciences)
Dr. Arthur E. Duwe Memorial Scholarship
Professor Emeritus Arthur Duwe joined the LSSU faculty in 1968 as an Associate Professor of Biology-Chemistry, Although he was eligible for retirement in 1988, he chose part-time teaching over full -time
retirement and continued teaching at Lake State until his death in 1991 . One of his teaching
associates described Professor Duwe as a man who had a heart of gold. He was a fascinating
lecturer and a demanding teacher. Even though students may not have liked his tests, they loved his
lectures. He placed particular emphasis on senior research projects to help the students get
organized and prepare their projects to the best of their ability. The Duwe Scholarship is awarded to
a senior clin ical laboratory science, biology, fisheries and wildlife, or environmental science student
for his/her year of internship. Value: Variable - non-renewable. Criteria: Merit-based ; may be a
Michigan resident or non-resident, enrolled full -time; minimum 3.0 GPA. Curr iculum: Awarded in the
spring of the junior year to a Medical Laboratory Sciences student for the internship year. (If a qualified
MLS student is not available, the award may be given to a senior in Biology or Fisheries & Wildlife.
Selected by: Recommedation of the School of Biological Sciences
The Mary Lubs & Viggo Thomsen Endowed Scholarship
This named endowment was established by Mary Lubs Thomsen through an estate gift to honor her
late husband, Viggo. Both were long-time residents of Sault Ste. Marie and former employees of the
University. Mary was Director of Public Relations and Viggo served for 27 years as a facu lty member of
the Biology Department. The scholarship provides financial assistance to LSSU students majoring in
the biological sciences, pre-pharmacy, pre-medical and/or pre-dental programs.
Value: $1,000 per year - renewable. Criteria: Merit and need-based; must be at least sophomore
status. Curriculum: Biological sciences, pre-pharmacy, pre-medical, pre-dental. Selected by:
Financial Aid Committee through scholarship sign-up.
Dr. Kevin and Pamela Cooper Pre-Dental Scholarship
Dr. Kevin and Pamela Cooper are both natives of Sault Ste. Marie. Son of Laker legend Ronald “Bud” Cooper, Kevin grew up on the LSSU campus. He attended LSSU earning his B.S. and graduating Suma Cum Laude in 1979. In 1983, Kevin earned his dental degree at the University of Michigan. Kevin served as the first president of LSSU’s renewed Alumni Association from 1994-1995. Pam also attended LSSU earning her Associates Degree and graduating Cum Laude in 1979. She graduated with a BA in dental hygiene from the University of Michigan in 1983. In 1986, Kevin and Pam returned to Sault Ste. Marie and set up a private dental practice. The Coopers are very involved with the local community and are strong supporters of Lake Superior State University.
Kevin and Pam set up this scholarship to aid students enrolled in the LSSU pre-dentistry program. Successful candidates must have earned at least 26 LSSU credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with preference given to students who are graduates of a Michigan Upper Peninsula high school. If there is no eligible pre-dentistry student, preference will be given to a student majoring in pre-medicine or in a biological sciences program. Selection is by recommendation from the Biological Sciences faculty.
Edward & Jill Smith Pre-Medical Scholarship
Edward Smith is a physician who has been practicing in St. Ignace, Michigan since 1986. He is a Lake Superior State alumnus who received his MD Degree from Michigan State University and completed a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Currently he provides care for patients with cancer and blood disorders in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. Jill is a registered nurse and a graduate of Grand Rapids Junior College. She is an Oncology Nurse at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace, Michigan. The Edward and Jill Smith Scholarship is awarded to a student who is enrolled in a LSSU pre-med concentration program with at least 56 LSSU credits and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Selection is by recommendation from the Biological Sciences faculty.
||Fisheries & Wildlife Scholarships
Gilbert Gleason Fisheries and Wildlife Scholarship
Professor Emeritus Gilbert Gleason taught and advised in the Biological Science Department for 28 years. The first teacher of biology at Michigan College of Mining & Technology – Sault Branch, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Natural Wildlife History Museum located in Crawford Hall of LSSU. His life was devoted to his students and his love for the outdoors. It was his wish to provide assistance to those with the appreciation for the outdoor environment. Value: variable — renewable for senior year. Criteria: merit based; junior or senior status; students who do not qualify for federal grants; earned at least 56 LSSU credits; minimum 3.0 GPA prior to the fall of the junior year Curriculum: fisheries and wildlife; biology major may be considered if there are no eligible fisheries and wildlife majors. Selected by: Recommendation of the School of Biological Sciences
Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited Fisheries Scholarship
Since its founding in 1975 by three avid fly-fishermen, the Headwaters Chapter has grown to encompass five northeast Lower Michigan counties, including Otsego, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Alpena, and Montmorency. Besides fostering conservation efforts and fishing, the chapter offers youth fly casting workshops and a newsletter for area enthusiasts. Trout Unlimited’s national mission is to conserve, protect, and restore watersheds that support wild trout and salmon. The Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited Fisheries Scholarship will provide financial assistance to senior students majoring in the program, with a focus on fisheries. Candidates must be full time with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a resident of Michigan. Preference is given to students who are from the Headwaters Chapter area. Selection is made by the LSSU’s Biological Sciences faculty. Value: $500 — non-renewable. Criteria: merit based; senior status, resident of Michigan, preference given to students from the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited service area (Otsego, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Alpena and Montmorency counties). Curriculum: fisheries and wildlife with focus on fisheries. Selected by: Recommendation of the School of Biological Sciences
Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club Fisheries and Wildlife Scholarship
The Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club was organized in 1927 by a group of people who were interested in establishing an area of land to serve as a vacation center that would appeal to people of all walks of life. Members of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club enjoy 35,000 acres of wilderness located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that is rich in history, hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking and more.
Successful candidates must be a student of at least sophomore status majoring in Fisheries & Wildlife with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to high school graduates of Engadine or Newberry High School and to thos who have participated in the HSC fish & wildlife study field trip. Value: $1,000 — non-renewable. Criteria: merit based; at least sophomore status; preference given to graduates of Engadine or Newberry High School and those who have participated in the HSC fish and wildlife study trip. Curriculum: fisheries and wildlife management program. Selected by: Recommendation of the School of Biological Sciences
Izaak Walton Lock City Chapter Scholarship
This scholarship was established to ensure the mission of the Izaak Walton League “to save outdoor America for future generations.” Named after Izaak Walton, the 17th century English angler-conservationist who wrote the literary classic “The Compleat Angler” which serves as a constant reminder of their mission. Today the League’s 50,000 members fight to protect the nation’s soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife. During the 1960s and 1970s the League launched the Save Our Streams program and broke the political ground necessary for passage of the landmark 1972 Clean Water Act. The scholarship recipient must be a Sault High graduate majoring in the fisheries and wildlife management program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Value: variable — non-renewable. Criteria: merit and need based; graduate of Sault Area High School with 26 earned LSSU credits, minimum 3.0 GPA. Curriculum: fisheries and wildlife management. Selected by: Financial Aid Committee through scholarship sign-up.
Wendy J Sak Memorial Fisheries & Wildlife Award
This named annual scholarship was established to honor the memory of LSSU alumna Wendy Sak, who was killed at the age of 35 as a result of a tragic auto accident in May 2012. Wendy was a Burton, Michigan native, graduating as co-valedictorian from Atherton High School in 1994. In 1998, she graduated from LSSU cum laude, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fisheries & Wildlife Management with a minor in Law Enforcement. At the time of her death, Wendy was a major account executive for Charter Business. She was extremely proud of working with her Charter A-Team and won many awards for excellence in sales. While earning her degree at LSSU, Wendy was an integral part in the formation of the LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club. She served as a club officer and was very active in Club events. The LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club is now a multiple award-winning student organization. Successful candidates must be a full time student of at least sophomore status with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and an active LSSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club member. Selection is based on the recommendation by the Biological sciences faculty.
||Natural Resources Technology Award
Christopher Reinke Endowment Award
This endowment was established by family and friends in memory of Chris Reinke, a natural resources technology (NRT) student, 1986-88. Chris was known as a free-spirited, independent young man who had a great love for the outdoors. It was because of his love for the woods and water that he chose the natural resources program at Lake Superior State University. His untimely death in 1988 left an indelible mark on Lake State students and to all who knew him. One of his friends, Cindy (Nocerini) Dingell, commented that Chris lived by the old phrase, “live each day like it was your first and every minute like it was your last.” He loved life and all the adventures that it could bring. The Christopher W. Reinke Endowment Award assists a natural resources technology student who has a sincere interest and dedication in the NRT field. Value: Variable — for use during the sophomore year only. Criteria: Merit-based; GPA between 2.0 and 3.0; dedication to the NRT field. Curriculum: Natural Resources Technology. Selection by: Recommendation from the natural resources technology faculty.