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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The cabins are full of smiling faces and fresh bottles of sunscreen. The University of Michigan Biological Station has once again come to life.

We are energized for a season of discovery and thrilled to welcome more than 150 students to our programs this year.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, I am proud to report that we've been able to assist all students with financial need with the cost of tuition, room and board. In 2023 UMBS awarded a total of $123,000 to support to students — primarily undergraduates — to attend courses here along Douglas Lake. It is critically important that we eliminate barriers to access our education and research opportunities. Through scholarships and financial aid, we are clearing the path to empower future leaders who will explore, respect and protect our natural resources.

The talented team at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts put together a beautiful video: A Century of Learning at the University of Michigan Biological Station. I encourage you to take three minutes to watch it and feel pure joy about how this incredible place has influenced generations of college students on the cusp of their careers.

We are once again allying with artists and embedding them in our field station through the Artists in Residence program. The artists will host workshops for our robust scientific community as well as create their own work. Together we can inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of local ecosystems and improve public engagement to support conservation.

If you’re in northern Michigan this summer, swing by for our Summer Lecture Series. We are honored to welcome an incredible lineup of distinguished scientists to our historic, world-class field station. You’ll have the opportunity to hear directly from leading experts across the U.S. focused on environmental issues and learn how the science impacts all of us.

Read on for a few UMBS updates and reminders as we come up with a campus plan and think about new cabin and facilities needs for our next 100 years.

Read our full June 2023 UMBS Newsletter for a few updates on what is happening right now at UMBS as new students moved in over Memorial Day weekend.

Dr. Aimée Classen
UMBS Director