Graduate Student Research Opportunities

We invite graduate students from any institution to conduct their research at the University of Michigan Biological Station.  We are well suited to research in ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as atmospheric chemistry.  We have a variety of habitats on our near Station property and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for data collection and analysis.  For many research sites, we have long-term or historical data sets for baseline or reference points.

Additionally, alumni gifts and University sources have provided limited funding to assist graduate students who are working toward their degree while in residence at the Station.

To be eligible, applicants should be enrolled in a graduate program and the research should be part of their thesis research, a pilot study preliminary to thesis research, or a required part of the graduate program. Funding is partial and considered only for applicants who plan to be in residence at the Biological Station and/or base their research there.

Priority will be given to those applicants who: 1) plan to be in residence for at least a half term (4 of 8 weeks); 2) demonstrate financial support for their research from other sources such as their department, advisor, graduate school, fellowships, etc.

Graduate Student Support Application Process

To Apply for Research Support:

1) Complete and submit online the UMBS Application for Housing & Research form.

2) Submit a brief cover letter, via e-mail, with an application attached as a single document (Word or Word-readable file, e.g. RTF). The application must include the following, in order:

· Project Summary (1 page maximum):
· Research Plan (1 page max.):
· Budget (1 page max.)
· Budget Justification (1 page max.)
· Curriculum Vita or Resume (2 pages max.).

Applicants should indicate the name and professional affiliation of their mentor within the cover letter. Mentors should submit a separate letter (as an e-mail) in support of each student application

Funds may be requested in support of travel, materials and supplies, analytical costs, laboratory use fees, and unmet (from other sources) costs of housing and board at UMBS during the summer. Applicants may also request support for field and analytical activities for fall and winter if justified within the context of the proposed research project.

The student cover letter with an attached application file, and an independent letter from the faculty mentor should be sent to:

Karie Slavik, Associate Director, UMBS

Target date: Applications received by February 15, 2013 will receive the highest priority for consideration for Summer 2013.

UMBS Research Funds, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Ann Arbor Woman's National Farm and Garden Association Award:  Annual award to one or more graduate researchers. Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Branch of the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association.
  • Marian P. and David M. Gates Graduate Student Support:  Provides support for graduate education for students studying at the Biological Station.
  • Henry Allan Gleason Fellowship: Awards to graduate students to enable them to pursue advanced study in plant ecology.
  • Joel T. Heinen Student Research Fellowship:  Supports graduate students engaged in research at UMBS. Note: Also used for undergraduate research support.
  • J.B. and Marilyn McKenzie Graduate Student Fellowship:  Supports graduate student study at UMBS.
  • Vaden and Maxine Miles Fund: Provides scholarship or fellowship support for graduate students studying ornithology at UMBS.
  • Mort Neff Graduate Student Scholarship:  Provides graduate student research and study at UMBS.
  • Stellanova and Chase S. Osborn Endowment: Supports research based at the Osborn Preserve on Sugar Island.