Educating tomorrow’s scientists is an integral part of the Great Lakes Center’s mission. There are a variety of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate-level student engagement on campus and in the field.
While many of the scientists at the GLC are full-time researchers, Dr. Pérez-Fuentetaja and Dr. Pennuto also teach several undergraduate courses with the Biology department. Their classes feature field trips to local streams or to the Field Station, where students may have the opportunity to learn how to use laboratory or field sampling equipment, learn aboard one of the boats, or even just enjoy the beautiful waterfront scenery. Several courses taught by faculty in other departments also receive instructional support at the Field Station.
In addition to undergraduate courses, the GLC administers two graduate programs in Great Lakes Ecosystem Science, a thesis-based option (M.A.) and PSM internship option (M.S.). These multidisciplinary programs share a core set of classes and electives, some of which are taught by members of the GLC.
Another important part of an education at Buffalo State is hands-on learning through research. Buffalo State has an active undergraduate research program that offers research fellowships, small grant awards, and funds for students to travel to conferences. There is also an annual Research and Creativity Celebration that allows students to present the work they conducted with a faculty mentor. Under the guidance of their professors, students enjoy experience in the field as well as in laboratories. Much of the undergraduate research conducted through the GLC takes place through the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Program.
Graduate students in the M.A. program have the opportunity to work with faculty to complete a thesis project. Depending on their interests they may work with GLC researchers or participating faculty in other departments.