opportunity for undergraduate students

Seeking 2022 Freshwater Fellow

    The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve in Superior, WI is excited to announce the fourth year of the Lake Superior Freshwater Fellowship Program. The Freshwater Fellowship presents an exciting opportunity for University of Wisconsin- Superior students to independently craft and conduct research under the guidance of a mentor at the Lake Superior Reserve. With a focus on the St. Louis River Estuary, Lake Superior, and the surrounding community, this Fellowship provides a professional development experience that trains students in coastal and estuarine research, education, training, and stewardship. One or two students will be selected each year to conduct and communicate research to a variety of audiences. Research will align with the Reserve’s ongoing projects and research. Projects can range across disciplines so all majors are encouraged to apply.

    About the Lake Superior Reserve:

    The Lake Superior Reserve, designated in 2010 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is one of a system of 29 Research Reserves nationwide committed to long‐term research, education, outreach, and stewardship to improve the understanding of coastal systems and the practice of coastal management. The Reserve has a conference room, exhibit hall, offices, and laboratory on the waterfront in Superior, WI and is a fun and dynamic place to work.

    Freshwater Fellowship Outcomes:

    Position Details

    • Develop, conduct, and disseminate an independently led research project
      • Develop a project proposal
      • Manage a $750 budget
      • Present project findings locally or regionally at a conference, meeting, or public event
    • Gain experience with Lake Superior Reserve programs and partnerships
      • Support education and outreach programs and public events
      • Work with the Coastal Training Program Coordinator on workshop and training development
      • Support the Research and System-Wide Monitoring Programs in the field and laboratory
      • Assist the reserve manager with a community partnership or leadership activity
      • Participate in land and water stewardship activities
    • Work closely with a Lake Superior Reserve mentor and participate in networking opportunities to further academic and career goals
    • We are offering a 9-month position (March – December 2022) located at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, 14 Marina Dr., Superior, WI 54880.
    • Expected start date is early March 2022 but is flexible with applicant’s academic schedule.
    • The position is 3-5 hours per week during the Spring and Fall academic semesters and 30-40 hours during the summer.
    • Pay is $15.00 per hour.
    • Student will manage a $750 research budget for supplies, laboratory analysis, conference travel etc.

    Eligibility and Minimum Qualifications

    • Must be actively enrolled in an undergraduate institution during the Spring and Fall 2022 semesters and be in good academic standing. The applicant should be of at least sophomore standing as of January 2022. All majors encouraged.
    • Reliable work ethic and dedication to the learning and professional development outcomes of this position
    • Able to work in a collaborative office environment.
    • Capable of completing tasks independently.


    The position will remain open until 11:59PM (CST) February 13th. To apply for this position please email your resume, unofficial class transcripts, and a cover letter to Hannah Ramage (Hannah.ramage@wisc.edu). The cover letter should include why you are interested in the position as well as address these two questions:

    1. What experiences have prepared you to take on an independent research project?
    2. What specific research topic(s) are you interested in pursuing?

    If you have any questions related to the position or how to apply, please call 715-399-4088.

    Research Topics

    Topics include but are not limited to; economics, history, political science, freshwater science, wetland ecology, biology, fisheries science, invasive species, applied chemistry, geology, GIS, engineering, anthropology, maritime archaeology, psychology, sustainability, climatology, and more. We invite interdisciplinary creative ideas that relate to the St. Louis River Estuary.

    Previous Student Research Projects

    Cole Wilson (2021). Assessing avian abundance and richness in structurally diverse, black ash wetlands

    Rebecca Joseph (2021). Examining equity, coastal access, and community relationships at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve

    Jenny Sherren (2019). Effectiveness of Light-Based Traps in the Early Detection of Bloody Red Shrimp (Hemimysis anomala) in Lake Superior

    Risa Askerooth (2019). Post-Restoration Assessment of Habitat and Aquatic Biota in a Lake Superior Estuary.

    Hansen, Sam (2018). Effect of Water Recreation on Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) Abundance in Northern Wild Rice (Zizania palustris) Bays.

    Lein, Adam (2017). Comparison of continuous In-situ Chlorophyll Measurements with Laboratory Chlorophyll Concentration Estimation by Fluorescence in Freshwater and Saltwater Estuaries.

    Hirshfeld, Kacey (2017). At the Helm: Steering Coastal Decisions Through Shipboard Learning.

    The position will remain open until 11:59PM (CST) February 13th, 2022.


    Hannah Ramage hannah.ramage@wisc.edu
    (715) 399-4088
    Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve 14 Marina Dr. Superior WI, 54880