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Opportunity Knocks: Undergraduate Summer Research

Feb 21, 2013

The Au Sable Institute is now accepting applications for openings in its 2013 Summer Research Program. We seek 3-5 highly qualified students desiring experience in environmental and conservation research under the direct supervision of a distinguished faculty mentor. Accepted students take a one-credit course in Research Methods (Summer Session I) and a one-credit Research course for 50% tuition ($300 each course) and receive free room and board for 10 weeks at Au Sable’s Great Lakes Campus in northern Michigan.

Projects now being developed include studies of the spread and control of aquatic invasive species, fire succession in forest landscapes, demography and population viability of threatened endemic species, response of aquatic biota to dam removal on the Boardman River, response of biological communities to forest fragmentation, development of genetic markers in morphologically similar species, and effectiveness of reforestation techniques on disturbed sites, among others. Interested students should submit a letter of application explaining the nature of their interest in research experience and their unique capabilities for successfully engaging in research efforts, a recommendation from the Au Sable Representative at their home college, and a transcript of academic record.

Send application material, by 15 March 2013, to

Dr. David Mahan, Associate Executive Director
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
7526 Sunset Trail NE
Mancelona MI 49659 USA

For questions, please call 231-587-8686