Student Scholarship

Students become involved in faculty-mentored scholarship in numerous ways. Biology students conduct field research on Upper Peninsula coaster brook trout with Dr. Jill Leonard.

The Spooner Student Research Grant provides funding to enhance their opportunities to engage in research and creative activities. Graduate students can apply for Excellence in Education Research Grant awards, which support them as they pursue their scholarship over the summer.

The Honors Program encourages its students to present the results of their scholarship at regional and national meetings. The Freshmen Fellows Program pairs freshmen with a faculty mentor in a research-intensive environment.

The annual Celebration of Student Research provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their scholarly activities in a day-long public forum; this event has recently grown to include academic service learning projects.

Broadcasting graduate student receives Michigan Broadcast Excellence Award for documentary produced with Public TV staff.


"One of the most rewarding elements of my work has been watching the interaction between graduate and undergraduate students as they have partnered with staff from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on our brook trout research. They get a unique perspective of environmental research from these encounters that is far richer than any experience they could attain in a classroom."

Dr. Jill Leonard (Biology), 2008 NMU Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient and
Chair of AQIP Action Project for Enhancing the Campus Climate for Scholarship