Statewide lake organizations soliciting student proposals for 2017 Lake Research Student Grants Prog

Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society and Michigan Lake and Stream Associations seeking to fund research projects which promote work with lakes and lake communities to enhance lake management.

The Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society logo | Photo by: McNALMS
The Michigan Chapter North American Lake Management Society logo | Photo by: McNALMS

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

The freshwater resources of Michigan are considered 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, we must all share in their protection, management and wise use.

The purpose of the McNALMS and MLSA Grants Program is to promote the research and outreach efforts of both university students and those that have completed a volunteer leadership training program. Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, build lake partnerships and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management are eligible for consideration.

Examples of previously funding projects include:

  • An analysis of phosphorus loading and the ecological impacts from agricultural tile drains in a west Michigan watershed, the results of which were published earlier this year in the Journal of Great Lakes Research
  • A study looking at social, cultural and economic factors underlying lakeshore property owners’ willingness to conserve natural aquatic habitat on their properties

A total of $4,000 has been allocated by McNALMS and MLSA to fund one or more projects in 2017. Proposals will be funded for one calendar year.

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 available at www.mcnalms.org.

2016 proposals are due by February 17, 2017. A complete description of the proposal requirements along with an application form is available at the McNALMS website. Contact mcnalms@mcnalms.org with questions. 

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

To learn more about Michigan’s lakes, streams and watersheds, visit the Michigan State University Extension website.


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