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Oak Lake Field Station Undergraduate Research Summer Opportunities

Oak Lake Field Station Undergraduate Research Summer Opportunities

Where

A significant component of the research must be conducted at Oak Lake Field Station.

With Whom

Please contact a SDSU faculty mentor about opportunities to conduct summer research at Oak Lake Field Station.

Expectations

Student awardees are expected to work full time on their research projects during the summer and present their finding in a fall NRM 2022 Departmental seminar series.

Application and Guidelines

  1. Application details
    1. Write a brief one page or less (single spaced, one-inch margins, 12 point font) statement on how the research complements your academic and career interests and, based on conversations with your SDSU faculty mentor, the objectives of the research.
    2. Please include a one-page budget in consultation with your faculty mentor
    3. Submit a current unofficial transcript
    4. Submit a one-to-two-page CV
    5. Submit two letters of recommendation, one must be from the proposed faculty mentor. The letters must specifically address your maturity, work ethic and evidence of interest in the general discipline of biology.
  2. Research funding will be awarded in mid-April and will terminate by the fall semester of the same year.
  3. Interested students should meet with a potential university faculty advisor.
  4. Students must be working FULL time throughout the summer and as needed during the following fall semester to complete their projects.
  5. A final research report with accompanying raw data must be submitted by December 1st of the same year.
  6. The student is expected to present their results (in person or virtually) either during the annual Oak Lake Research Retreat, or in the NRM Department seminar series. Presentation of results at additional meetings and conferences is strongly encouraged.
  7. Copies of all published abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts resulting from this research must be submitted to the field station director, Dr. Charles Fenster.
  8. Utilization of funds from this grant may be directed toward stipends, supplies, and travel necessary to complete the project. Grant requests will be limited to total amounts of $1,500 to $4,500 and must be justified in the budget within the application.

Available awards you can apply to

  • Jon Haertel Endowment for Work on Vertebrate Animals (Sorry not available in 2022)
  • Charles and Marcia McMullen Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Natural Resources

*Applications for each award may be accessed under Research on the Oak Lake web site.

Application Due Date: Proposals are due by March 15 each year

Award Date: Awards will be made by April 1 each year

Contact for Information:
Dr. Charles Fenster, Director, Oak Lake Field Station
Dr. Bruce Eichhorst, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, Oak Lake Field Station

NRM Faculty Research Interests for Potential UG Projects at OLFS

Please contact the individual faculty to discuss a project.
Student awardees are expected to work full time on their research projects during the summer and present their finding in a fall NRM 2022 Departmental seminar series.
Applications for best consideration are due on March 15th and announcement of awards will be by April 1st.

Jon Haertel Endowment  (Sorry not available in 2022)

Charles and Marcia McMullen Endowment

Dr. Chris Cheek

Christopher.cheek@sdstate.edu
Assistant Professor
Aquatic Ecology; Fisheries
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=qDygn3MAAAAJ

Dr. Amanda Cheeseman

Amanda.Cheeseman@sdstate.edu
Assistant Professor
Wildlife Management, Spatial Ecology, Population Genetics
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xloClEoAAAAJ

Dr. Steven R. Chipps

Steven.Chipps@sdstate.edu
Adjunct Professor, Leader - South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Aquatic Food Web Ecology; Fish Bioenergetics; Foraging Ecology; Contaminants
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ZV9NKSwAAAAJ

Dr. Alison Coulter

Alison.Coulter@sdstate.edu
Assistant Professor
Spatial Ecology; Behavior of Fishes, Fisheries Sciences, Invasion Biology
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Jh1yTyMAAAAJ

Dr. Michele R. Dudash

Michele.Dudash@sdstate.edu
Professor and Department Head
Evolutionary Ecologist:  Plant-Pollinator Interactions, Plant Mating System Evolution, Conservation Genetics
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=K2oAEEkAAAAJ

Dr. Krista Ehlert - West River Research & Extension

Krista.Ehlert@sdstate.edu
Assistant Professor
Rangeland Ecologist and Management
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ESC_GGEAAAAJ

Dr. Bruce Eichhorst

Bruce.Eichhorst@sdstate.edu
NRM Instructor and Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, AES Oak Lake Field Station
Currently, doing research on reptiles at OLFS
Herpetology, ornithology, vertebrate ecology, and wildlife biology
https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=14by38IAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

Dr. Charles Fenster

Charles.Fenster@sdstate.edu
NRM Affiliate Professor & Director of AES Oak Lake Field Station
Evolutionary Biology; Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics; Floral Evolution; Pollinators and Sustainable Agriculture
https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=YmpyLbEAAAAJ

Dr. Maribeth Latvis

Maribeth.Latvis@sdstate.edu
Assistant Professor and Director of the C. A. Taylor Herbarium
Plant Systematics; Plant Conservation Biology; Phylogenetics; Plant Community/Biome Assembly
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_g09pvUAAAAJ

Dr. A. Joshua Leffler

Alan.Leffler@sdstate.edu
Associate Professor
Plant Physiological Ecology; Ecosystem Ecology; Plant and Ecosystem Response to Climate Change
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=SNeFaHQAAAAJ

Dr. Lora Perkin

Lora.Perkins@sdstate.edu
Associate Professor
Plant Ecology; Biological Invasions; Plant-Soil Interactions; Restoration Ecology
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=w8gEwekAAAAJ

Dr. Joshua D. Stafford

Joshua.Stafford@sdstate.edu
Adjunct Associate Professor, Assistant Unit Leader - South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Ecology and Management of Waterfowl and Wetlands; Foraging Ecology; Conservation Planning
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=KsM1Gb8AAAAJ

Dr. Lan Xu

Lan.Xu@sdstate.edu
Professor
Plant Ecology; Rangeland Reclamation, Restoration and Improvement; Succession; Plant Responses to Stressors; Plant Reproductive Strategy; Soil Seed and Bud Bank
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=l_gaRiYAAAAJ

Dr. Jennifer Zavaleta Cheek

Jennifer.ZavaletaCheek@sdstate.edu
Assistant Professor
Conservation Biology; Human Dimensions of Resource Utilization; Sustainable Development; Natural Resource Policy and Planning
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=TQu1pmMAAAAJ
https://www.jenniferzavaletacheek.com/

Adjunct, Dr. David Coulter

David.Coulter@sdstate.edu
Assistant Professor
Fisheries; Aquatic Sciences
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=gsOPFBgAAAAJ