Students in the Biology Learning Center
Students in the Biology Learning Center

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Congratulations to the following Biological Sciences students who received Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in 2019:

Renn Schipper, Biological Sciences

Variation in Biological Processes Along the Pilgrim River Continuum
Advisor: Amy Marcarelli, Biological Sciences

Tessa Steenwinkel, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

The Influence of a Healthy Diet on the Fecundity and Longevity of Diverse Drosophila Species
Advisor: Thomas Werner, Biological Sciences

Grant Thivierge, Biological Sciences

The Effects of Upper and Lower Body Resistance Exercise on the Pulse Wave Velocity and Tilt Table Test Performance
Advisor: John Durocher, Biological Sciences

World Water Day Poster Competition Winners

World Water Day 2019 was celebrated at Michigan Tech during March 20-26. The celebration included a poster session, keynote lecture, art show and panel discussion related to the U.N. World Water Day theme, "Leaving No One Behind—Human Rights: Near & Far." Congratulations to the winners of our World Water Day Poster Competition!

Original Research Awards

1st Place: Erin Eberhard, Biological Sciences

Spatial Heterogeneity of Nitrogen Fixation and Denitrification across a Wetland-Stream-Lake Interface
Advisor: Amy Marcarelli, Biological Sciences

2nd  Place:  Elisabeth  Stimmel,  Forest  Ecology &  Management

The Effects of Microtopography and a Simulated Emerald Ash Borer infestation on Woody Regeneration in  Black  Ash  Wetlands
Advisor: Fengjing Liu, SFRES

3rd Place: Laura Schaerer, Biological Sciences

The Microbial Communities of Bilge Water, Boat Surfaces and External Port Water: a Global Comparison
Advisor: Stephen Techtmann, Biological Sciences

Songer Research Award for Human Health Research

Matthew Songer, (Biological Sciences ’79) and Laura Songer (Biological Sciences ’80) have generously donated funds to the College of Sciences and Arts (CSA) to support a research project competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Remembering their own eagerness to engage in research during their undergraduate years, the Songers established these awards to stimulate and encourage opportunities for original research by current Michigan Tech students. The College is extremely grateful for the Songers’ continuing interest in, and support of, Michigan Tech’s programs in human health and medicine. This is the third year of the competition.

Students may propose an innovative medically-oriented research project in any area of human health. The best projects will demonstrate the potential to have broad impact on improving human life. The winners this year are:

Graduate Student Category ($6,000 each)

Jessica Bruning

Advisor: Chen (KIP)

Hannah Cunningham

Advisor: Jason Carter (KIP)

Undergraduate Student Category ($4,000 each)

Andrew Cooper

Advisor: Marina Tanasova (Chemistry)

Tessa Steenwinkle

Advisor: Thomas Werner (Biological Sciences)

2018-19 Biological Sciences Scholarship Winners

Cornish-Kimball Endowed Scholarship

Ellen Burns

Medical Laboratory Science, Class of ‘19

Amanda Mickelson

Medical Laboratory Science, Class of ‘20

Jarett McLanahan

Medical Laboratory Science, Class of ‘19

Jack Holland Scholarship

Dani Christianson

Medical Laboratory Science, Class of ‘22

Rebecca Markham

Medical Laboratory Science, Class of ‘22

Kathryn Cramer Scholarship

Hannah Riggs

Medical Laboratory Science, Class of ‘21

Medical Endowed Scholarship

Jamie Brisson

Medical Laboratory Science, Class of ‘20

Molly McKenzie

Biological Sciences, Pre-Professional, Class of ‘22

Autumn Tallman

Medical Laboratory Science, Class of ‘20

Soldman 4+1 Scholarship

Becca Riffe

Medical Laboratory Science, Class of ‘19

Tech Is Scholarship

Maddy Estowski

Medical Laboratory Science, Class of ‘19

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.