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CMU student researches on Beaver Island for 10-week program

Biology Professor Dr. Don Uzarski works in the field on a previous grant received in 2012 with graduate and under graduate students on Beaver Island. Courtesy Photo | University Communications

One Central Michigan University student will attend a 10-week program at CMU's Biological Station on Beaver Island to work on projects related to the Great Lake ecosystems.

The student, who was one of five applicants selected nationwide, will live on the island from May 30 until August 7. Each student has a background in biology, chemistry, geographic information system or environmental science with an interest in aquatic ecosystems.

Students will work with three primary faculty members to learn about the Great Lakes-related issues and professional development. The research focuses on chemical and physical aspects of nearshore Lake Michigan and how they affect the biological communities surrounding it. 

During the 10-weeks, each students will receive a fixed salary of $4,500 while living at CMUBS. Faculty mentors receive $500 in research funding for supplies and research-related travel.

Beaver Island offers seven inland lakes and is roughly 13 miles long and six miles wide. Every major wetland type is located on the island, as well as some rare and endangered species.