Aerial photo of Grand Traverse bay

Great Lakes Water Studies Institute

Located at the Great Lakes Campus on Lake Michigan, the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute (GLWSI) at Northwestern Michigan College is strategically positioned to engage individuals and organizations, both locally and globally, in advancing skills, knowledge and understanding of the world’s dynamic water resources.

NMC Marine Technology students aboard the Northwestern research vesselMarine Technology

  • ADCI Certified ROV Pilot Training
  • Extensive field operations
  • Excellent employment opportunities in the industry

An NMC Freshwater Studies student collecting water samplesFreshwater Studies

  • Interdisciplinary approach to water management
  • Multiple internship opportunities
  • Bachelor’s degree completion pathways


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Summer Marine Technology Camp »

MAY 20–24, 2019

Marine Technology Society logoPlease join us for our fourth annual week-long program for hands-on experience using several marine technologies. Participants will log time on research vessels, collect data using ROVs, sonar, sensors
and buoys and learn about the multiple applications of these technologies.

This is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students with little to no experience using this equipment as part of their courses or laboratories. The Marine Technology Camp is designed to offer students a chance to not only learn about and use several technologies, but also deploy the equipment to gather data applied to various investigations. Participants should plan on arriving Sunday, May 19 and departing Saturday, May 25.

View a flier here »

View a description, list of activities and registration form here »

Scholarship application form »

Scholarship recommendation form »

Higher Education Today interview of Great Lakes Water Studies Institute Director Hans Van Sumeren and students and graduates of the program

West Bay Monitoring buoy

Animated GIF of video from the west bay monitoring buoy

The Great Lakes Water Studies Institute has a solar-powered monitoring buoy in West Bay during the summer that provides seasonal, real-time data on wind speed and direction, air and water temperature, wave height and other information, including video of the bay.

View a map of Great Lakes buoys here »

The buoy is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Data Buoy Center, which designs, develops, operates and maintains a global network of data collecting buoys and coastal stations.

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