Opportunities

Partner with us

We address critical and emerging water resource challenges, and are always open to engaging new partners in our work. Our mission is to improve the policy and management decisions that affect our waters by integrating decision makers, other users, and natural and social scientists in collaborative research projects. This integration fosters learning by all participants and the co-production of high-quality, usable, science-based information that can lead to innovative solutions. If you are interested in collaborating with the Water Center, please send us a general inquiry or visit our staff page to identify the most appropriate contact.

Take a class

Personnel from the Water Center play an important role in training the next generation of Great Lakes leaders. In addition to mentoring students through research projects and internships, they routinely teach two courses at the University of Michigan.

Science and Management of the Great Lakes is a graduate-level seminar offered annually during the winter semester in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Students learn from a multi-disciplinary team of instructors how to connect science, management, and policy perspectives to enhance the management, restoration and protection of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Field Methods in Great Lakes Oceanography is an intensive two-week summer field course, offered annually at University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, MI. Students learn how to take a variety of Great Lakes samples, analyze and assess them and synthesize the results while working on one of the largest Great Lakes science vessels in the fleet.

For other water-related courses at the University of Michigan, check out the Graham Institute’s U-M Sustainability Course Database.

Join us at an event

We host and participate in frequent campus, regional, and national events related to freshwater and estuarine science, research, and policy. View events here.

Throughout the academic year, we host monthly gatherings for faculty, students, and local practitioners to exchange information about current water science issues and resources. For researchers interested in discussing a particular topic or upcoming RFP, or in co-hosting a gathering (e.g., lunch, seminar) within your campus unit, please contact Adrienne Marino.