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Prior to my time at Lake State, my professors rarely learned students' names and my classes often felt impersonal. I didn't realize how important that faculty interaction could be until I spent a few weeks here. The personal attention is motivating, often pushing me to work harder than I would have otherwise.

Fisheries & Wildlife '10

School of Biological Sciences

University Resources at Your Ready

Kenneth J. Shouldice Library
The Kenneth J. Shouldice Library is the research hub of Lake Superior State University and the most important intellectual resource of the academic community.  Its primary mission is to provide services and resources to meet the present and future scholarly and informational needs of the University, and to extend these services and resources to its regional center sites.  The Library also strives to provide services to the greater Sault Ste. Marie area which extends beyond the U.S. border to include Northern Ontario.  As a University department, the Library actively participates in teaching, curricular development, research and other scholarly activities.
Learning Center The Learning Center
The Learning Center provides academic support services and strategies for success for all enrolled students. Our services assist students in achieving academic success, gaining scholastic independence, improving self-esteem, and preparing for graduate study. Students who want to make the most of their university experience take advantage of academic support services.
Tutoring Services Tutoring Services
Our tutoring program is certified at the regular and advanced levels by the College Reading and Learning Association's International Tutor Certification Program which requires extensive tutor training (minimum 10 hours). Our tutors must be enrolled full-time at LSSU, carry at least a 3.0 GPA, have successfully completed the courses to be tutored, and receive the professor's recommendation to tutor each course.
Supplemental Instruction Supplemental Instruction
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that uses peer-assisted study sessions to enhance student success in larger, historically difficult courses at LSSU. SI sessions are regularly scheduled out-of-class review/study discussion sessions that are open to any student enrolled in a course for which SI is offered (attendance is voluntary).
Testing Services Testing Services
The mission of Lake Superior State University Testing Services is to provide a wide variety of testing services to the many diverse populations within our geographic area. These client-driven programs will provide services to our diverse populations including first and foremost our student and academic community, then companies, governmental agencies and organizations within our region.
Disability Services Disability Services
In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws, disability-related accommodations or services are available. Students who desire such services are to meet with the professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to discuss their disability-related needs. Students will not receive services until they register with the Ability Center for Exceptional Students (ACES). Proper registration will enable ACES to verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations.
Counseling Counseling Services
We provide a variety of brief time-limited services to both undergraduate and graduate students. All services are free of charge, confidential, and not part of a student's academic record. Services include: short-term psychotherapy; group therapy; outreach/education; resources and referrals; and consultation. Services are available during the academic calendar year which includes the summer semester.  Services are limited when school is not in session.
Financial Aid Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Office exists to assist students with securing federal, state and institutional financial aid to achieve their degree. Students receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work study, and loans.  Our office works closely with you to provide the best financial aid package for which you are qualified.
IT Help Desk IT Help Desk
LSSU Department of Information Technology Help Desk is available to assist with issues you may encounter while using university provided computers or you personal computer in the residence halls. We provide both help over the phone and in person via walk-ins as well as sending our consultants out to resolve issues.
Student Handbook Student Handbook
The student handbook provides detailed information regarding the policies and procedures of Lake Superior State University.  Easily accessible online, the handbook is your guide to questions regarding academics, student services, clubs and organizations, and area resources.  If you need to know what, where, when, or who — the answer is probably in the student handbook.

Investigat- ing the Use of QPCR: An Early Detection Method for Toxic Cyano- bacterial Bloom

Garrett Aderman

Harmful algal blooms (HABs), including cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CHABs), are a global phenomenon. In the US, annual economic loss due to HABs was recently estimated at $82 million. Furthermore, the consensus amongst the scientific community is that the frequency and duration of CHABs in freshwater systems will increase as a result of climate change and anthropogenic nutrient enrichment. Due to the ability of some strains of CHAB genera to produce toxic compounds, larger and more sustained CHAB events will become an even greater threat to drinking water. Of all the known cyantoxoins, one of the most ubiquitous is microcystin (MCY). Humans are primarily exposed to cyantoxins through drinking water consumption and accidental ingestion of recreational water. The increasing risk presented by these toxins requires health officials and utilities to improve their ability to track the occurrence and relative toxicity. Current tracking methods do not distinguish between toxic and non-toxic strains. Biochemical techniques for analyzing the toxins are showing considerable potential as they are relatively simple to run and low cost. My goal was to develop a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method to measure the amount of mcyE gene in a Lake Erie drinking water and compare the levels of the mcyE to toxin produced. This is the first step to determining if the presence of mcyE of the mycrocystin synthestase gene cluster in Microcystits, Planktothrix and Anabaena cells can be used as the quantitative measurement in an early detection warning system for recreational and drinking waters.

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