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.
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 clinical laboratory science, biology, fisheries and wildlife, or environmental science student for his/her year of internship.
Robert J. McEnroe Science Award
Robert McEnroe, a 1975 alum who is grateful for the education he received at LSSU, established this award to benefit a Michigan Upper Peninsula student majoring in biology. If there is no eligible biology major, a student majoring in chemistry may be considered.
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.
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
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.
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.
Additional grant and scholarship information can be found at the Department of Biology
Seven students have received cash grants to support six research projects that range from exploring an organic method to break up petroleum byproducts in soil, to a novel use of photography that documents the biodiversity found in one cubic foot of space.
An anonymous benefactor started the undergraduate research grant program with a substantial gift in 2007. As the initiative grows, so does financial support from alumni and friends through the LSSU Foundation Office.
“There are many opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty on research, however it has always been a challenge to help fund such collaborations,” says LSSU Foundation Executive Director Tom Coates. "The benefactor determined an area they wanted to support and made these opportunities possible. As support for this undergraduate research programs grows, we see a great opportunity to expand the students' educational experience within their chosen field of study."
Undergraduate research is a vital part of the student experience at LSSU. In fact, the University mission and vision statements emphasize its role in helping students develop their full potential, as well as contributing to the growth, dissemination and application of knowledge beyond campus.
"An area of pride for our university is the incorporation of student research into the academic programs," says Dr. Barb Keller, Dean of the College of Natural, Mathematical and Health Sciences and also the chair of the committee that awards the undergraduate research grants. "The availability of the undergraduate research funding has given students access to funding for research projects that otherwise may not have been possible."
Students who graduate from Lake State must first demonstrate and apply their knowledge in the form of a senior project that is evaluated by fellow students and faculty. Many of these projects become posters and papers presented at professional conferences. Open sessions held on campus each semester share research results with the public as well.
"For many students, a senior thesis project is their first pass through rigorous university-level research," says Keller. "Now we add another first-time opportunity by making an undergraduate research grant available. The selection process itself provides our students with skills that may not only fund, but steer the research they go on to conduct as post-graduates." Read More...
||Federal Resarch Grants
Lake Superior State University and several research partners have been kept busy this summer monitoring nesting piping plovers in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula. Thanks to a $150,000 federal grant, the researchers have been on northern Lake Michigan and southern Lake Superior beaches to continue research on the endangered bird that prefers to nest on wide, bare, remote Great Lakes shorelines. Biology Prof. Jason Garvon (left) works with a student crew to build an "exclosure" around a piping plover nest. The structure protects plovers from predators on wide open beaches but allows the birds to move on and off the nest to feed. Read More...
||Continuing Financial Support
Lake Superior State University President Tony McLain, right, joins with Jill and Edward Smith in creating a scholarship for students who are using LSSU as a stepping stone to a medical degree. The fund in their name initially earmarks an annual grant for qualified majors in a pre-med concentration program during their junior and senior academic years. Edward Smith, a 1978 graduate of Lake Superior State, is a physician who cares for patients with cancer and blood disorders through the facilities of the Mackinac Straits Health Systems Campus in St. Ignace, Mich. His wife, Jill, is an oncology nurse at the same hospital.
Officers with Lake Superior State University 's Fisheries and Wildlife Club join their faculty advisor and University officials in creating the Wendy J. Sak Memorial Fisheries and Wildlife Award. An annual award of at least $500 - more as the fund grows - will be made each fall to a member in good standing of the club who is at least a full-time sophomore pursuing any area of study at LSSU.