Undergraduate Education

LSSU students receive 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, interpretation, and fish culture

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

Fish Hatchery Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Students collect Atlantic Salmon eggs

Students complete hands-on, career-specific experiences as hatchery employees or volunteers during the academic year and summer. Their duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Rearing Atlantic Salmon
  • Working to control invasive Sea Lamprey
  • Conducting field research on coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes


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

Students participate in summer internships with partner agencies, such as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.


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, class of 2018 and former hatchery employee, earned the Best Student Poster Award at the 2018 meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.