MLSA and the Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) are pleased to announce the 2020 Lake Research Student Grants Program. The purpose of the program is to promote student efforts to work on inland lakes and/or with lake communities to enhance inland lake management. Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, have applicability to Michigan lakes, strengthen collaborative lake management, address inland lakes fisheries, build lake partnerships and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management are eligible for consideration. This year, McNALMS and MLSA expect to fund two or more projects from a total pool of $4,000. Proposals may be part of a larger project. Proposals will be funded for one calendar year.

Examples of previously funded projects include:

  • A study on littoral zone restoration and nutrient enrichment source impacts on macrophyte and epiphytic algal communities
  • Exploring drivers of cyanobacterial blooms with time-series observations, biogeochemical modeling, and in situ experimentation in a model Great Lakes estuary
  • An analysis of phosphorus loading and the ecological impacts from agricultural tile drains in a west Michigan watershed
  • A study looking at social, cultural, and economic factors underlying lakeshore property owners’ willingness to conserve natural aquatic habitat on their properties.

Applicants must be either University/College graduate student(s) conducting applied research/outreach projects; University/College undergraduate student(s) working on special studies projects; and/or Students enrolled in the Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute, Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, or similar Watershed Academy.

If you know a student who might be interested in applying for funding, please pass this information on to them. Deadline for submission is February 21, 2020. Announcement of recipients will be made by the end of March 2020.

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