University of Wisconsin–Madison

Student Engagement Grants

Each year the Lakeshore Nature Preserve awards several Student Engagement Grants of up to $1000 each to facilitate the use of the Preserve as a resource for education among UW undergraduates. Any student, faculty, or staff member at the UW-Madison may apply. Groups of individuals may submit a proposal as a team. Every individual or team must have at least one faculty or staff member, who is expected to play an active role in overseeing the project.

This funding opportunity is made possible by the Academic Endowment Fund of the Preserve, established by former UW faculty member Robert M. Goodman and the late Professor Henry Hart. To contribute to the Academic Fund to create more opportunities for undergraduates to engage in learning in the Preserve, please contact the Preserve Program Manager at laura.wyatt@wisc.edu or 608-265-9275.

VIEW THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Two students--one holding a clipboard and one holding a camera--documenting pollinators in Biocore Prairie.
Students documenting pollinators in Biocore Prairie. Photo by Emily Greinwald.

Deadlines

The request for proposals goes out after the first of the year.

  • March 1: proposals due.
  • April 1: awards announced.
  • October 31: grant funds should be expended and a report submitted to Program Manager.

For more information please contact:

Laura Wyatt
Program Manager, Lakeshore Nature Preserve
608-265-9275
laura.wyatt@wisc.edu

Past Awards

2018

Examining Flowering Times of Native Plants in the Biocore Prairie
Alder Levin (undergraduate, Biochemistry and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology)
Olympia Mathiaparanam (undergraduate, Biology and Psychology)
Advisor: Seth McGee (Biocore Lab Manager)

Writing in the Preserve: Understanding how Nature Impacts Student Writing and Wellbeing
Kassia Krzus-Shaw (Ph.D student, Composition and Rhetoric, English Department)

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Hike and Learn Series: Engaging Diverse Students
Sanober Mirza, Brooke Nelson, Austin Gladden, Yeline Del Carmen (undergraduates, UW-Madison)
Advisor: Cathy Middlecamp (Community Environmental Scholars Program)

Effect of invasive ‘jumping’ earthworms on tree functioning in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
Kevin Hobbins (undergraduate, Department of Botany)
Co-Advisors: Kimberly O’Keefe (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Botany) and Katherine McCulloh (Assistant Professor, Department of Botany)

2017

Soil as the Missing Link in Prairie Restoration and Ecological Education
Krista Marshall (undergraduate, UW-Madison)
Co-Advisors: Nick Balster (Associate Professor Department of Soil Science) and Janet Batzli (Associate Director Biocore)
Presentation to Preserve Committee

Measuring Patterns of Seasonal Diversity of Yeasts in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
Rachel Schneider (undergraduate, UW-Madison)
Advisor: Chris Todd Hittinger (Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics)
Presentation to Preserve Committee

Urban Canid Use of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve and Beyond
David Drake (Extension Wildlife Specialist / Professor Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology)

Wild and Domestic Carnivores in our Midst; First-year Undergraduate Service-Learning and Interdisciplinary Research in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
Adrian Treves (Associate Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies)
Presentation to Preserve Committee

2016

Exploring the Wisconsin Prairie Ecosystem: Studying Cold Tolerance of Forbs
Emily Nettesheim (undergraduate, Department of Zoology)
Advisor: Ellen Damschen (Assistant Professor Department of Zoology)
Presentation to Preserve Committee

Survival and Habitat Use of Eastern Gray Squirrels in an Urban Preserve
Jonathan N. Pauli (Assistant Professor Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology)
Presentation to Preserve Committee

Estimating survival, dispersal, and habitat use of Common Yellowthroats and Song Sparrows in Biocore Prairie at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Matt Hayes (Faculty Associate Department of Zoology and Co-Director of the Biocore Prairie Bird Observatory)
Mara McDonald Emerita Department of Genetics and Co-Director of the Biocore Prairie Bird Observatory)

Exploring Seasonal Yeast Biodiversity in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
Martin Jarzyna (undergraduate, UW-Madison)
Advisor: Chris Todd Hittinger (Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics)
Presentation to Preserve Committee

Urban Canid Use of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
David Drake (Extension Wildlife Specialist / Professor Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology)

2015

Survival and Habitat Use of Eastern Gray Squirrels in an Urban Preserve
Jonathan N. Pauli (Assistant Professor Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology)

The impact of road salt on the water chemistry of the Class of 1918 Marsh
Greta Helmueller (undergraduate, UW-Madison)
Advisor: John J. Magnuson (Emeritus Professor Departments of Zoology and Limnology)
Presentation to Preserve Committee

Native Pollinator Conservation Program
Emily Greinwald (undergraduate, Departments of Zoology and Conservation Biology, UW-Madison)
Advisor: Susan Carpenter (Wisconsin Native Plant Gardener, UW Arboretum)
Presentation to Preserve Committee

Propagation Bed for Fruit Cloning
Will Waller (Eagle Heights Community Gardens field staff)
Lynn Hummel (Research Program Manager UW Agricultural Research Stations and Greenhouses)

2014

Coyote and red fox use of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
David Drake (Extension Wildlife Specialist / Associate Professor Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology)
Presentation to Preserve Committee

Survival and Habitat Use of Eastern Gray Squirrels in an Urban Preserve
Jonathan N. Pauli (Assistant Professor Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology)
R. Scott Lutz (Associate Professor Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology)

Design Development and Baseline Measures for Longitudinal Climate Change Study in the Biocore Prairie
Emma Geiduschek (Sophomore, Biology, UW-Madison)
Co-Advisors: Ellen Damschen (Assistant Professor Department of Zoology) and Janet Batzli (Associate Director Biocore)
Presentation to Preserve Committee