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Lake Superior State University plans to break ground on new research center

Andrew Everett|

Lake Superior State University plans to break ground next month on a new research center. Officials say it will be a tool for students from Kindergarten all the way up to Undergrad.

LSSU plans to expand its work in aquatics research with a new, $13 million Center for Freshwater Research and Education to expand the university’s fishery and freshwater science programs. 


The center will have more laboratories and research spaces to learn more about the Great Lakes. It will also house a discovery center for K-12 students. 


LSSU professor and director of the Center for Freshwater Research and Education, Dr. Ashley Moerky, said the center is a tool for undergraduates from a number of disciplines. 


“What we are trying to do is put a focus on the resource that is in our backyard and try to create those Great Lakes stewards, early on and even later in life. But ultimately, we are going to be engaging our undergraduates throughout the process so it’s not just our science students that will be getting a hands on experience at the new center.”


Moerky said the new center will help give students studying  in science, computer science, engineering, and education an opportunity to get hands-on experience. 


She said LSSU plans to break ground on the facility sometime in August and hopes to have the facility ready for students by January 2021.