The Student Team

Hands-on career preparation at the Lilly Center

Each school year, the Lilly Center employs Grace College students to help manage scientific studies, develop and execute K-12 programs, and help manage collaborative projects. From mid-August to early May, our student team dedicates hours of excellent work each week to the Lilly Center.

Meet our 2021 summer team below:

The Aquarium Team

The aquarium team is responsible for the management of the fish room. They feed the fish, clean their tanks and make sure they stay healthy. The team also takes care of a handful of other creatures, including turtles, frogs and crayfish. On any given day, the team could be helping prepare classroom lessons about the aquariums, running to the store for supplies or cleaning community and classroom tanks.

Staff manager: Grace St. Clair

Education Team

The education team is responsible for helping developing our K-12 programming. They develop curriculum, teach in classrooms, plan for Lake Adventure Days and other events, and much more. Most recently, the education team is refining the Lilly Center’s in-house field trip programming.

Staff manager: Sarah Baier

Research Team

The research team members are our “boots on the ground” every week during the school year. They sample 12 key stream sites on a bi-weekly basis and, during the summer, 14 local lakes. The team also helps with special projects, including testing water samples for microcystin, and studying the impact of zebra mussels. When they aren’t in the field, the students are reviewing data and taking care of equipment.

Staff manager: Jed Harvey

Algae Team

The algae team takes the water samples the research team brings back from lake sampling and turns them into microscope slides. After that, they count and identify the species in the slides. That data is added to the Lilly Center’s growing catalogue of local algae species; it’s also used in the Lilly Center’s scientific reports.

Staff manager: Dr. Joe Frentzel

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Interested in supporting our student team, and sending them into important, impactful careers? Sponsor a student or give toward a student fellowship today.

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