One of the joys of summer at AWRI is the influx of student interns working on research projects. This year, we are blessed with nine student interns, who are funded by a variety of sources and who will be working on a wide range of projects. Four interns are funded through the D.J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation, a long-time sponsor of student internships at AWRI: Patrick Womble will be working with Xuefeng Chu on hydrologic monitoring and modeling; Michelle Zwagerman will be working with Janet Vail, helping to teach students in the classroom and on the vessels, and develop curricula; Michelle Lelli will be working with both Brian Hanson on road/stream crossing projects and Rick Rediske on water quality projects; and Chad Meese will be working with Bopi Biddanda on the reactivity of dissolved organic carbon.
In addition, two interns will be supported by grants from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium: Rachel Kent will be working with Janet Vail, helping to teach students in the Annis Educational Foundation classroom and on the AWRI research and education vessels, as well as helping to develop curricula; and Cindy June will be working with Bopi Biddanda on the microbial community composition of sinkhole ecosystems in Lake Huron. The remaining three interns are funded by a grant from the Pierce/Cedar Creek Institute (Matt VanPortfliet, working with Rod Denning on spatial analysis of the property); an internship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (Brad Robinson, working with Al Steinman on environmental monitoring of Muskegon Lake); and the Allen Hunting internship (Melissa Reneski, working with Carl Ruetz and Don Uzarski on the interactions between the round goby and zebra mussels).
We welcome these energetic, young scientists to AWRI, and thank all our funders for making these research and teaching internship experiences a reality.