There are two main avenues for undergraduate students to interact with the GLC. First, Dr. Pérez-Fuentetaja and Dr. Pennuto, as well as other faculty members on campus, occasionally incorporate guest lectures at the Field Station into their curriculum. Students may have the opportunity to learn how to use laboratory or field sampling equipment, learn aboard one of our boats, or even just enjoy the beautiful waterfront scenery.
Another benefit is undergraduate 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 hands-on 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.
Students can pursue graduate studies with the GLC through two different interdisciplinary applied environmental science programs, a thesis-based Master of Arts (MA) and an internship-based professional Master of Science (MS) program. Both programs will provide students with the opportunity to attain a broad understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, and social factors that comprise the Great Lakes ecosystems. Graduates will be prepared to deal effectively with a broad range of problems and issues related to ecosystem structure and function within the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds.