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Research Opportunities at Itasca

Faculty, advanced students and other independent investigators may be approved to use the station facilities for research purposes during any season. To initiate research projects, a research application and a map of proposed research/sampling sites must be submitted to:

Lesley Knoll, PhD
Station Biologist

phone: (218) 699-3550 ext. 3345

If you'll be working outdoors in Itasca State Park, Minnesota DNR Parks and Trails permits are required for research and teaching unless you are a field biology program faculty member.  Click here to download an MN DNR Parks and Trails application for reserch permits and renewals (form located at the bottom of the linked page). 

Student Research Programs

Students conduct research at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories each summer as part of the Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program. LSSURP is designed to recruit highly qualified students to the graduate life science programs of the University of Minnesota.


The Itasca Director's Graduate Research Fellowship was established to fund graduate student research in and around Itasca State Park for research in Limnology, Aquatic Ecology, or Water Quality or closely related areas. Graduate students from any campus of the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply.