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Amanda is currently working to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Where she is studying the behavior of fossil birds as interpreted through their footprints and other traces. Amanda recently traveled to South Korea to study Early Cretaceous bird tracks and has published two papers on fossil bird tracks, one in the journal Palaios and one in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Next, she will study Early Cretaceous fossil birds and bird tracks in China.

"My experience at Lake State, preparing an Undergraduate Thesis and seeing the project through definitely helped prepare me for graduate school. The interaction between the professors and the students at Lake State is far more similar to the interaction between a graduate student and their graduate advisor than the typical undergraduate student / undergraduate advisor rapport; it's much more personalized. It definitely helped prepare me for grad school."

Amanda Falk '07
Biology, minor in Chemistry

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LSSU biology students hard at work

LSSU - MSU Early Assurance Program

An agreement signed by Lake Superior State University and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine will provide an enhanced opportunity for LSSU pre-med students to attend medical school, especially if they are interested in practicing in an underserved area of medicine.

The goal of the partnership is to make a substantial contribution to the physician work force of the future and enhance LSSU's presence as a partner in the upper Michigan health care community. MSU College of Human Medicine will benefit by being ensured of a continued pipeline of well-qualified students who will likely return to northern Michigan to practice.

Announced on April 2, the LSSU-MSU Early Assurance Program provides preference to students who are likely to practice in an underserved geographic area or those who express interest in a high-need medical specialty area.

"This program will be extremely beneficial to our pre-med program at Lake State and will put primary care physicians into the Upper Peninsula pipeline," said Nancy Kirkpatrick Ph.D., head of LSSU's Biology Dept. and an advisor to pre-professional students at LSSU. "It is a win-win situation."

Kirkpatrick noted that LSSU students have long been known for their performance in medical school and this new agreement will encourage even more LSSU students to take that path. In 2009, six LSSU students applied to various professional schools and all six were accepted, some at more than one school, including MSU College of Human Medicine, as well as schools of dentistry and optometry.

"Our early assurance program supports the mission of our college," said Marsha D. Rappley, MD, dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine. "Together with Lake Superior State University we will enhance our communities in the Upper Peninsula by offering medical school admission opportunity to local students and responding to the needs of the medically underserved."

In addition to meeting academic standards, students must demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of medicine through participation in the LSSU Pre-Professional Society, must obtain direct healthcare experience through volunteering, employment or acting as a job-shadow in medical/clinical settings, as well as demonstrate commitment to the service of humanity through consistent community service activities.

The program will start immediately with LSSU students who are intending to graduate in 2011. MSU will begin with one seat reserved for this program with LSSU.

Tagging Monarch Butterflies

Amanda Taylor

Amanda Taylor of Byron Center, MI coordinated a large tagged monarch butterfly release at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids. Through this internship at Michigan Butterflies she was able to educate the public on monarch butterflies, the decline of the species, and steps to help keep the monarch population flourishing. By tagging monarchs it is possible to track them along migration routes and compare data from the release with known migration data to help determine what is effecting the monarch population.

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