The Lake Superior Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Superior was among those recognized Friday by the UW System Board of Regents.

The institute, directed by Dr. Matthew TenEyck, for its research. program, Also recognized with a Academic Staff Excellence Award was Karen E. Mittelstadt, assistant dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Nursing at UW-Madison and Jaclyn Esqueda, program manager, Engineering, Mathematics and Science Student Success Programs at UW-Platteville.

These awards recognizes exceptional service to the university and is the highest recognition bestowed on members of its academic staff.

"This year's award recipients represent the stellar quality of our academic staff across the UW System," said Regent Janice Mueller, chair of the selection committee. "We are delighted to recognize their innovation, creativity, and dedication as they support student success and strengthen communities."

Award recipients are selected for superior performance resulting in significant contributions to the department and institution; use of positive personal interaction to manage work changes; and a consistently creative approach that improves productivity and work quality. Each award is valued at $5,000 per recipient.

Currently directed by TenEyck, the Lake Superior Research Institute conducts environmental research and provides services that benefit the people, industries, and natural resources of the Upper Midwest, the Great Lakes region, and beyond. Its researchers study and provide guidance on water resources, as well as air and soil quality. Staff have diverse expertise ranging from biological assessment, restoration, trends analysis in plants and aquatic organisms and environmental toxicity.

Over the past 50 years, LSRI has involved more than 550 undergraduates in freshwater research and generated more than $60 million in grants and contracts. LSRI benefits students by sponsoring self-directed undergraduate research projects and providing annual scholarships in partnership with the UW-Superior Foundation and Advancement Office. Many LSRI students have gone on to pursue post-graduate education and/or careers in the sciences. LSRI has developed strong partnerships with more than 150 local, state, federal and tribal governments. It is one of only five labs in the state certified to conduct certain tests related to water quality. In collaboration with its partners, including the Environmental Protection Agency, LSRI has achieved an international reputation for environmental research.