In Your Backyard: Student Grants Aid Educational Use of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve

By Bryn Scriver

Students in FWE 561-Wildlife Techniques learn to use radio telemetry to track gray squirrels. Photo by J. Pauli.
Students in FWE 561-Wildlife Techniques learn to use radio telemetry to track gray squirrels. Photo by J. Pauli.

Each year the Lakeshore Nature Preserve awards several Student Engagement Grants of up to $1000 each to facilitate the use of the Preserve as a resource for education among UW undergraduates. Are you an undergraduate student with a research idea? Are you a graduate student that could support an undergraduate researcher? Are you teaching a class that could utilize the Preserve for learning? Does your lab provide opportunities for undergrads?

Any student, faculty, or staff member at the UW-Madison may apply. Groups of individuals may submit a proposal as a team. Every individual or team must have at least one faculty or staff member, who is expected to play an active role in overseeing the project.

In general, funds will be used for one of the following:

  • Purchase of equipment, supplies, etc. related to a specific project in the Preserve
  • Student stipends

Instructors and researchers from many departments have utilized the Preserve, from Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Botany, Soils, and Geology to Genetics, English, Art, and Anthropology. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues!

The deadline to submit proposals is March 1, 2021.

For more information and to read the request for proposals visit our website or contact:

Laura Wyatt, Preserve Program Manager
608-265-9275
laura.wyatt@wisc.edu