GLERL co-sponsors the joint CILER-GLERL Great Lakes Seminar Series, which brings in regional, national, and international researchers to talk about pertinent new and emerging scientific issues in the Great Lakes. These events facilitate collaborations between researchers, provide an educational opportunity for NOAA and university scientists, and serve as an outreach forum for stakeholders and the general public to attend. For more information about this seminar series, visit the CILER website.
The NOSB is a nationwide academic competition among teams of high school students. Twenty-five separate regional competitions are held around the U.S. in February with the final national competition held in April. The NOSB tests students' math and science skills as applied to topics on ocean (and Great Lakes) biology, chemistry, geology, physics, technology, history, and economics. High school teams of four students, one alternate, and a coach compete in 18 minute long rapid-fire question and answer matches during the day-long round-robin, double elimination competition. The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) helps staff and supports the Great Lakes Bowl.
In conjunction with the annual Southeast Michigan Regional Science Fair, GLERL sponsors awards for outstanding projects in aquatic science for both high school and middle school categories. GLERL staff act as general science fair judges as well as judges for the GLERL awards.
Some GLERL staff hold adjunct faculty positions and teach undergraduate classes at various institutions including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, and Eastern Michigan University.
GLERL participates in the NRC post-doc program, and staff members serve as graduate committee members or chairs.