One of the joys of summer at AWRI is the presence of students working on a variety of projects. This year, we welcome 11 students, both new and returning, to the Institute. These students are funded by a variety of sources and work with different principal investigators.
Three interns are being funded through the D.J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation, a long-time sponsor of student internships at AWRI: (1) Rob Recknagel will be working with Janet Vail helping to teach students in the classroom and on the vessels, develop curricula, and build a remotely operated vehicle; (2) Betsy Shafer will assist Carl Ruetz and Don Uzarski with diet studies of the round goby, an invasive fish; (3) and Wade Syers will work with Mark Luttenton and Al Steinman on macrophyte surveys in Muskegon Lake. A fourth intern, Eric Strickler, was awarded the Allen Hunting internship. Eric will be working with Bopi Biddanda, exploring the role of carbon in a number of west Michigan watersheds.
In addition, two interns will be supported by grants from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium: Amanda Callaghan will be working with Janet Vail, helping to teach students in the Annis Educational Foundation classroom and on the AWRI research and education vessels; and Megan Cookingham will be working with Carl Ruetz on the movement of round gobies in Muskegon Lake.
Several students recently graduated from college and are working for us this summer on grant-supported projects. Michelle Lelli, a recent GVSU grad who will be starting graduate school at the University of Michigan in the fall, is working with John Koches on the City of Muskegon's Sustainability Project. Kristin Nelson, a recent graduate of Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota and who will be starting her graduate studies at AWRI in the fall, is working with Don Uzarski and Carl Ruetz on the role of wetlands as refugia for fish. Melissa Reneski, a recent graduate of GVSU, is also helping with the project, in addition to analyzing some of the data collected over the last two years on a similar project, and assisting with field work. Matt VanPortfliet, a recent graduate of GVSU, is working with Rod Denning, on the Forest Stewardship Project.
Finally, Macy Al-Shatel is a recent graduate of Mona Shores High School, and she will be collecting beach samples for contaminants and assisting the office staff this summer.
We welcome these energetic, young scientists to AWRI, and express our gratitude to all our funders for making these research and teaching internship experiences a reality.