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LSSU GRANITE program extended, applications being accepted for summer 2013 excursion

Posted: February 15th, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University’s GRANITE program is seeking applications for students interested in exploring several interesting geological sites from Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula to the Black Hills of South Dakota this summer.

The application deadline has been extended and review of applications will begin March 13.

In 2010, LSSU received a grant from the National Science Foundation to provide career exploration and preparation activities with a focus on geoscience and Native American communities. GRANITE – Geological Reasoning and Natives Investigating the Earth -- promotes the study of the Earth and exposes students to career opportunities within the geosciences.

For the past three summers, LSSU Geology Professor Paul Kelso and the GRANITE staff have taken students on a two-week field excursion exploring various sites of interest in the Black Hills of South Dakota and other sites along the way. This program targets Native American high school students, although students with other backgrounds are welcome to apply. All travel, food and lodging expenses associated with GRANITE are paid for by the NSF grant.

WIND CAVE ENTRANCE -- GRANITE students Amanda Porter of Traverse City and Monica Stretten of Irvine, Calif. explore a natural entrance to Wind Cave at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, one of the many natural features their group saw during a two-week trip to Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming with GRANITE – Geological Reasoning and Natives Investigating the Earth. Another group trip is being planned for this summer. (LSSU Photo by Prof. Paul Kelso)

A print-resolution photo that runs with this caption can be found by clicking here.

This summer’s field excursion is tentatively scheduled for July 10-24. Students may request an application from Stephanie Sabatine at 906-635-6664 or Kelso at 635-2158, or the forms may be downloaded from the GRANITE website at: by clicking here.

Completed applications may be mailed to Sabatine or Kelso at LSSU, 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., 49783, or e-mailed to Sabatine at or Kelso at, or sent via fax to 906-635-2848. -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Prof. Paul Kelso, 635-2158,; Stephanie Sabatine, 635-6664,