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Communications and SPC Administrator, Drinking Source Water Protection Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (Ontario)

"Most natural science classes at LSSU offer students as much hands-on experience (lab hours) as lecture hours, which ensures that the university experience prepares us for the real world careers, whether you work at a desk or out in the field, or both. There are endless advantages and opportunities available to LSSU students due to its location on an international border.

I found my career path on campus when my advisor posted a job for the Bi-national Public Advisory Council (BPAC), a group dedicated to and overseeing the clean-up the St. Mary's River. I was able to gain experience and network on both sides of the border, ultimately finding full-time employment before I graduated with my biology degree."

Loralei Premo '07
Biology Major

School of Biological Sciences

Senior Thesis Resources

Senior Thesis Manual (pdf)
This manual is designed to help you do the best senior thesis project you can. It describes what a senior thesis project is, the rationale behind it, the steps involved in the senior thesis process and the people who will help you succeed. Save this manual, write in it, refer to it often through your work here at LSSU. With hard work and careful planning, you can have a senior thesis project to be proud of.

Writing Research Papers (pdf)
A detailed description (with examples) of each section of a properly organized and formatted research paper.

ScitableScitable
English Communication for Scientists is a brief guide on how to communicate more effectively in English, no matter how much previous experience you have. Organized as six self-contained units, it will help you understand basic communication strategies and address various audiences. Created by seasoned communicators, English Communication for Scientists provides no-nonsense, directly applicable guidelines, illustrated with examples of written documents, oral presentations, and more. Improving your scientific communication is only a click away: start today

Undergraduate Research Committee
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 awrded 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.

IACUCInstitutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
This manual provides information about the resources and services for using animals in research and education at LSSU. The Manual also is a guide to the laws, standards and policies that impact on these activities. Those involved in the use of animals at LSSU are expected to be knowledgeable about these matters and about the procedures to ensure humane practices and professionally acceptable standards of animal care and use. The Manual is required reading for everyone involved with vertebrate animal use. University policy and federal law require a review of projects for humane treatment and judicious use of vertebrate animals.  At Lake Superior State University, adherence to this policy and federal law is assured by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) through review of the Application to Use Vertebrate Animals in Research, Testing, or Instruction (AUVA) - pdf.  In fulfilling its responsibility to ensure the judicious use of animals, the IACUC also reviews applications for scientific or instructional merit.

Student Research...

Moline, Illinois

Aaron analyzed Atlantic salmon diet in the St. Mary's River. Some food-stock species in the St. Mary's River are known to affect fish reproduction. Of the wide range of species found in salmon stomachs he sampled, the most prevalent prey item, rainbow smelt, is associated with a vitamin B deficiency. This deficiency leads to early mortality in young Atlantic salmon.

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