Organizations soliciting student proposals for Lakes Applied Research and Outreach Grants Program

North American Lake Management Society and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations are seeking proposals from college students and individuals enrolled in or graduates of volunteer leadership training programs that focus on lake management and leadership.

The Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society (McNALMS) and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations (MLSA) Lake Research Grants Program (LRGP) is soliciting proposals from students and lake leaders. Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, build lake partnerships and expand citizen involvement in lake management are eligible for consideration. 

The freshwater resources of Michigan are considered by some as one of the state’s greatest treasures. Dotted with thousands of freshwater lakes, Michigan enjoys a unique resource that is unparalleled. For all of us who live, work, and play in and around these wonderful lake resources, there is a vital role to be shared in their protection, management and wise use. 

The purpose of the McNALMS and MLSA Grants Program is to promote the efforts of both University students and those that have completed a volunteer leadership training program working with lake communities to enhance lake management. A total of $3,000 is allocated to this year’s program and will go toward funding up to three projects. Proposals will be funded for one calendar year. 

The McNALMS and (MLSA) are non-profit organizations with federal 501c (3) status. Both are dedicated to promoting the understanding and comprehensive management of Michigan’s inland lake ecosystems. 

Information required as part of the application process involves a description of the project and how it will enhance inland lake ecosystems, lake management, collaborative lake management, lake partnerships or expand citizen involvement in lake management. In addition, applicants must provide a description of the methods that will be used to implement the project, how results will be analyzed, anticipated project outputs and outcomes, project timeline, budget, curriculum vitae, and a list of collaborators on the project. 

Applicants must be either:

McNALMS membership, or enrollment for membership, is required upon application. McNALMS membership is free for full-time students and applications are online. 

To learn more about the research projects that received funding in 2015 through this program, read part 2 of this article series. 

2016 proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2016. Awards will be announced no later than the end of the first week of March. A complete description of the proposal requirements along with an application form is available at the McNALMS website. Contact with specific questions. 

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