Undergraduate Education

CFRE provides LSSU students with valuable learning experiences through classroom, research, and employment opportunities to prepare them for the next step in their career.

  • Nearly a dozen LSSU classes in multiple departments use CFRE equipment and facilities to provide experiential learning
  • Numerous LSSU students conduct research in conjunction with CFRE annually
  • CFRE employs approximately 10 students annually, providing them with hands-on experience in aquatic ecology, fisheries management, and fish culture

One-of-a-Kind Opportunities in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Fish Hatchery Employment and Volunteering

Students collect Atlantic Salmon eggs

Students can gain hands-on experience as hatchery employees or volunteers during the academic year and summer. Experiences include rearing Atlantic Salmon, working to control invasive Sea Lamprey, and conducting field research on coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes.


Amanda Popovich, LSSU student intern, displays a Lake Sturgeon captured while sampling

Several summer internships with partner agencies, such as the MI DNR and Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, are available through the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.


Jake Larsen '18 earned Best Student Poster at the 2018 meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

CFRE supports numerous senior thesis projects each year. Jake Larsen ’18, former hatchery employee, earned the Best Student Poster Award at the 2018 meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

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