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Summer Field Courses in Biology

Class Schedule

For information about summer 2014 courses, contact Dr. Daniel Clemans at dclemans@emich.edu or Ben Czinski at bczinski@emich.edu. For registration assistance or questions about taking courses for State of Michigan SB-CEUs, contact Sarah Painter at spainter@emich.edu.

Class Sites

Please see below for details about the Kresge Environmental Education Center at Fish Lake, the Parsons Center and the study abroad experience in Ecuador and the Galápagos.

Scholarships

Please see below for details about the scholarship funds available for these courses. We will accept applications for field studies on a rolling basis until the start of each class.

     

Field Sites

Kresge Environmental Education Center at Fish Lake
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The KEEC at Fish Lake consists of 240 acres of fields, woodlands, and wetlands adjacent to the Lapeer State Game Area approximately 90 miles northeast of main campus. It provides diverse ecological communities and habitats characteristic of southern and central Michigan. Facilities include classrooms, laboratories, a dining hall and a dormitory. Students are expected to reside at the Center between consecutive class meetings.  

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Parsons Center
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The Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art and Science is an interdisciplinary educational center 15 miles from Traverse City, MI. The Center, a legacy of the late Jean Parsons, renowned sculptor and potter, sits on 86 acres of natural woodland and marsh, with Parsons Lake in the center of the property. Student facilities include a classroom/studio, a dining hall and a dormitory. Students are expected to reside at the Center between consecutive class meetings.

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Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

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The Ecuador & Galápagos Islands class starts in Quito, the Ecuadorian capital that blends ancient traditions with modern bustle. An excursion leads us into the Andes mountains and into the rainforest. From there, we fly to the Galápagos to learn about the fragile ecology of the archipelago and witness the beauty of the tame wildlife. Look forward to watching sea turtles and marine iguanas, observing sea birds nesting two steps away from you, snorkeling with playful sea lions. Enjoy a face-to-face encounter with ancient giant tortoises in their natural habitat or a horseback ride up a recently active volcano. 

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Scholarships for Field Studies

Don Brown Special Study Scholarships

Scholarships of a variable amount ($250 to $1,500). These scholarships are intended to help defray expenses related to travel and costs to take a field biology course away from the EMU Campus, including offerings at Fish Lake or the Parson's Center and the summer study abroad course in Galapagos. Preference will be given to activities offered through EMU. International research activities that are organized in consultation with an EMU biology faculty member are also eligible.  

  • Eligibility: Biology Major.
  • Application Materials: In addition to the completed application form, a proposed budget indicating how the funds will be used is required. For international research experiences, a one-page description of the proposed activity is also required.
  • Expectations: All students receiving the award must submit a one-to-two page typewritten report summarizing their accomplishments during the award period. Reports should be turned into the Scholarship Committee within one month of the end of the award.

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The Fred C. and Ford R. Bryan Scholarship for Teaching Science

An award of a variable amount (usually $500).

  • Eligibility: All students who intend to teach or are teaching physical or natural sciences at the Junior/Senior high school level taking classes at the undergradaute level. Applicants must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Application Materials: Completed application form.

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