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Stone Laboratory Frequently Asked Questions

A collection of the most frequently asked questions regarding Stone Laboratory

Frequently Asked Questions

When your application is complete, the “Submit” button on the “Start, Track and Apply” page will turn red. If it’s not red, check the left sidebar or your application dashboard on the “Start,”Track and Apply” page to see what documents are missing. Once those documents are added you will be able to submit your application.

Yes, test scores are mandatory for certain students. If you haven’t taken a particular test, just open the pop-up form, leave those fields blank, and click “Update”. That will show us that you’ve looked at the question, but you don’t have anything to enter in those fields.

Please enter your job title and employer for any long-term, career positions. Do not enter summer jobs or positions not related to your current or future career.

Please email us at ohioseagrant@osu.edu with your advisor’s email address, and we will re-send the email.

If you haven’t received an email that you were anticipating, either from Stone Lab or from Ohio State, please check your junk or spam folder in your email box. If you don’t see it there, email us at ohioseagrant@osu.edu.

You can download any needed PDF forms in the Required Documents section. Save them to your computer, print, fill out and sign, then use the upload feature to upload the documents. If you have saved the Consent Form as two separate pages, make sure you upload BOTH pages.

WE ONLY ACCEPT PDFs

If you’re having trouble uploading a certain file, make sure your application actually requires it. Depending on the application path you chose, some document uploads may be automatically disabled.

If you officially submit your application, you will no longer be able remove submitted documents. Please make sure everything is correct before hitting that red “Submit” button.

Here are instructions for how to fill out the application if you’re seeking (undergraduate credit) or if you’re seeking (graduate credit). If you are not seeking college credit, you do not need to fill out the non-degree application.

Recommendation letters should come directly from the author’s business email, be on organization letterhead and emailed as a PDF attachment to ohioseagrant@osu.edu. Receipt of these documents will be noted in your Status Summary and Documents.

Current OSU Student Next Steps

After you are accepted, you must register for your Stone Lab courses through Buckeye Link the same way you register for other classes. Please plan to do this by April 15. Please use the class number listed in your Course Schedule in your Ohio Sea Grant Dashboard to register for your Stone Lab courses.

Once your course registration has been completed, your Buckeye Link account will reflect your tuition and lab fees. Stone Lab room and meal and course fees, if applicable, will be posted to your Buckeye Link account by April 26.

Check out the Stone Lab Handbook in the sidebar, which contains arrival dates/times, procedures and a list of items to bring.

Graduate Student Next Steps

Former Ohio State graduate students should download and complete this form to reactivate their enrollment. If you have been away from the university for two years or longer, the reactivation form will need to be signed by your former graduate studies committee chair. Once you’ve completed the form, email it to grad-schoolregistrationservices@osu.edu

Once you have been reactivated, your Buckeye Link account will reflect your tuition and lab fees.

If you have never been enrolled at Ohio State, you will need to apply online for graduate non-degree status through The Ohio State University. This requires a $60 admissions application fee, unless you qualify for a waiver.

Completion of the Ohio State application does not guarantee acceptance into your selected Stone Lab courses.

Sign up using the same email address you used here.

  • Select “Graduate” for graduate credit.
  • Select “Non-Degree” and “Graduate Non-Degree Applications.”
  • Under Academic Plan, type in “Stone Lab” and select “Summer 2016 Term” and “Columbus” campus
  • Fill out the application. Special instructions:
    • In the section “Length of Term,” enter “1 term”
    • In the section “Application Checklist” you must check the box “Submit TOEFL scores” even if you do not have TOEFL scores to submit.

If you have questions about the non-degree application, contact the Graduate and Professional Admissions office.

Your Stone Lab application will not be considered until you are admitted to Ohio State unless you are applying for a scholarship or REU. Scholarship and REU recipients will be notified by the end of March and may submit their non-degree application, including $60 application fee, after that point.

After you are admitted, you will receive an email from Ohio State admissions letting you know how to activate your Ohio State identity (Buckeye Link).

You must complete the Financial Responsibility Statement within your Buckeye Link account by April 15. After you have completed this statement, email ohioseagrant@osu.edu to let us know this step is done.

Your Buckeye Link account will reflect your tuition and lab fees. In addition, Stone Lab room and meal and course fees, if applicable, will be posted to your Buckeye Link by April 26.

Check out the Stone Lab Handbook in the sidebar, which contains arrival dates/times, procedures and a list of items to bring.

In mid-April, you will receive an email from OSU Admissions containing your Ohio State Username, which is your last name, a dot and a number.

lastname.#

We recommend that you check your junk and spam email folders when looking for University/Admissions communications. Once you have your Ohio State Username, visit my.osu.edu and select “Activate Now,” followed by “I need an Activation Code.” Once you receive the activation code, click “I have an Activation Code.” Proceed following the steps to complete the activation of your account.

Your Ohio State Username and password are essential to accessing online student services.

Call 614-688-4357, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), if you experience problems with activating your account.

New Undergraduate and High School Student Next Steps

You will need to apply online for non-degree status through The Ohio State University. This requires a $60 admissions application fee unless you have already paid this fee or qualify for a waiver. If you have already paid an application fee, contact the Undergraduate Admissions office.

Your Stone Lab application will not be considered until you are admitted to Ohio State unless you are applying for a scholarship or REU. Scholarship and REU recipients will be notified by the end of March and may submit their non-degree application, including $60 application fee, after that point. Completion of the Ohio State application does not guarantee acceptance into your selected Stone Lab courses.

  • Sign up using the same email address you used here.
  • Select “Undergraduate” for undergraduate credit.
  • Select “Special” and “Undergraduate non-degree Stone Lab.”
  • Under Academic Plan, type in “Stone Lab” and select “Summer 2016 Term” and “Columbus” campus

If you have questions about the non-degree application, contact the Undergraduate Admissions office.

After you are admitted to Ohio State, you will receive an email from Ohio State admissions letting you know how to activate your Ohio State identity (Buckeye Link) if you do not already have one.

You must complete the Financial Responsibility Statement within your Buckeye Link account by April 15. After you have completed this statement, email ohioseagrant@osu.edu to let us know this step is done.

Your Buckeye Link account will reflect your tuition and lab fees. In addition, Stone Lab room and meal and course fees, if applicable, will be posted to your Buckeye Link account by April 26.

Check out the Stone Lab Handbook in the sidebar, which contains arrival dates/times, procedures and a list of items to bring.

In mid-April, you will receive an email from OSU Admissions containing your Ohio State Username, which is your last name, a dot and a number.

lastname.#

We recommend that you check your junk and spam email folders when looking for University/Admissions communications. Once you have your Ohio State Username, visit my.osu.edu and select “Activate Now,” followed by “I need an Activation Code.” Once you receive the activation code, click “I have an Activation Code.” Proceed following the steps to complete the activation of your account.

Your Ohio State Username and password are essential to accessing online student services.

Call 614-688-4357, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), if you experience problems with activating your account.

Workshop Student Next Steps

Congratulations on your acceptance to Stone Lab! An invoice for your workshop, room and meals fees is available in your Account Manager. Payment is due 30 days prior to the course start date and can be made either with credit card by phone or by mailed check. If your workshop fees will be paid by a third party, please fill out the form before downloading your invoice and send the invoice to ohioseagrant@osu.edu.

If a purchase order number needs to be referenced on the invoice, please also attach a PDF of the official purchase order.

Check out the Stone Lab Handbook in the sidebar, which contains arrival dates/times, procedures and a list of items to bring.

General Questions

Your course schedule only shows classes in which you are approved for enrollment. If you applied for additional courses that do not appear in your schedule, you have not been approved for these courses. Your Account Manager will display a message about why you were not approved to enroll in the course.

That depends on the course! Most meet between 1-3 p.m. on South Bass Island on the first date of the course, but some courses have different meeting dates, times and locations. And some courses may have assignments that need to be completed before you arrive. We recommend you read through the full descriptions of your courses now as these will specify what you need to do and whether your course will meet somewhere other than Stone Lab.

To view your course description(s), click here and choose “Introductory Courses,” “Upper-Level Courses,” “Educator Courses” or “Non-Credit Workshops,” then select your course from the listing. If an arrival time is not specified in the course description, check the handbook for more details. In addition, texts and supplies will need to be purchased in advance (see below).

Recommendation letters should come directly from the author’s business email, be on organization letterhead and emailed as a PDF attachment to ohioseagrant@osu.edu. Receipt of these documents will be noted in your Status Summary and Documents.

Textbooks and supplies are not available on South Bass Island or at Stone Lab. You must order your textbooks in advance and bring them with you to Stone Lab.

Beginning in mid-May, you can order texts and supplies through the Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Ohio State University Marion. Select “Textbooks,” then “Find Textbooks” from the dropdown menu. The “Find Course Materials” page will have “Stone Lab” available as an option in the “Term” box. Make the appropriate selections in the boxes for Department, Course and Section and hit “Find Materials.” Follow the prompts and purchase the items you need for each of your Stone Lab courses.

Items may be shipped to your home or to Stone Lab or you may pick your order up at the Marion bookstore. Items shipped within the state of Ohio are typically delivered within two to three business days, but we encourage you to place orders at least two to three weeks prior to your class. If you are shipping the textbooks to Stone Lab, you must place your order at least one week prior to your scheduled start date. The bookstore is closed on weekends, and no Saturday or Sunday delivery is available, even for orders shipped overnight.

If you wish to pick up items at the Marion bookstore, please call ahead to confirm hours of business.

Marion Campus Bookstore

1463 Mount Vernon Ave.

Marion, OH 43302

+1 (740) 725-6212

bksmarion@bncollege.com



Texts and supplies are non-returnable unless your class is cancelled for summer term. If your class is cancelled, a full refund will be given if your merchandise is returned with a receipt. You must pay return shipping, and shipping costs are non-refundable.

Please contact Teresa Bressler at the Marion Campus Bookstore with any questions.

Yes, due to the planning and administration of courses, dining and residence preparation and/or class materials, a fee is assessed for each dropped Stone Lab course in addition to any penalties assessed by The Ohio State University. Ohio State’s policies regarding penalties and refunds can be found here.

Each withdrawal or dropped course after May 11, 2016 will be subject to the following penalties:

Withdrawal prior to start of course more than 10 days less than 10 days
1-week or 5-week course $75 $150
3-day course $75 $120
2-day course $75 $85
1-day course $47 $47

Students who withdraw after the start of the course may be subject to additional penalties.

To get to Stone Lab, you have several airport options – Cleveland, Toledo or Detroit. From there, you can rent a car (recommended) or take an Amtrak train or Greyhound bus to a ferry station, where you will travel by boat to South Bass Island.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)

70 miles (1 hour, 30 minutes) from Catawba (where you will go to catch the ferry).
On-site car rental: AlamoAvisBudgetDollarEnterpriseHertzNationalThrifty.

5300 Riverside Dr.
Cleveland, OH
Directions
Toledo Express Airport (TOL)

60 miles (1 hour, 15 minutes) from Catawba.
On-site car rental: AlamoAvisBudgetEnterpriseHertzNational.

11013 Airport Hwy.
Swanton, OH
Directions
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)

100 miles (2 hours) from Catawba.
On-site car rental: AceAvisBudgetEnterpriseHertzNational.

1 William Rogell Dr.
Detroit, MI 48242
Directions
Miller Ferry Schedule At Catawba

Parking is free in the Miller Ferry parking lot. Ferry service is $ 14 roundtrip. You won’t need a car while you’re at Stone Lab. Miller has a full schedule of departure times with ferry boats running regularly. Please note that the ferry stays on a tight schedule and will not wait for passengers. Be sure to allow for plenty of time to pick up your luggage and rental car at the airport, drive to Catawba, park and walk to the ferry.

Public Transportation

It may be possible to take an Amtrak train or Greyhound bus to Sandusky, Ohio, where there is a Jet Express Ferry dock.

Amtrak trains run from both Cleveland and Toldeo to Sandusky. A Greyhound bus runs from Cleveland to Sandusky. However neither of these options have stations at or near the airports, so you would need to take a taxi or arrange a ride from the airport to the station and also from the Sandusky station to the ferry dock. In addition, the bus and train schedules are extremely limited – often just one run per day beginning between 2-4 a.m. Check the Amtrak and Greyhound websites for more details.

Jet Express Ferry Schedule At Sandusky

Ferry service is $39.50 round trip. Parking on Jackson Street Pier is available for $5 per night. The Jet Express has limited departure times (approx. every 1-2 hours) beginning at 9 a.m. Please note that the ferry stays on a tight schedule and will not wait for passengers. Be sure to allow for plenty of time for each step in the process of getting to the ferry.

If you are enrolled for Summer 2016 Term at least half time (6 total undergraduate semester credit hours or 4 total graduate semester credit hours), The Ohio State University’s course registration system will automatically enroll you in the Ohio State Student Health Insurance (SHI) and bill you for the insurance premium unless your status is Continuing Education or Graduate Non-Degree.

If you have health insurance from another source and would like to waive SHI, you must log in to your Ohio State identity account at Buckeye Link. Instructions for waiving SHI can be found here. You are encouraged to do this at least a week before the waiver deadline of June 6.

International students are required to have SHI unless they meet one of the specific exceptions allowed by Ohio State.

Remember that adding or dropping courses for Summer 2016 could impact your eligibility for SHI. Students who drop below half time enrollment will lose coverage for the term. For more information, visit http://shi.osu.edu.

Once you have activated your OSU identity, visit buckeyelink.osu.edu. After logging in, select “Self Service,” then “Campus Finances,” then “Account Inquiry.” You can pay your fees online or via mail. Further instructions can be found here.

Payment deadlines and late penalties can be found here.

Click the “Withdraw” application button at the bottom your “Start, Track and Apply” page to drop ALL courses and disable your application for the year. If you wish to drop SPECIFIC courses, you can visit the “Enrollment and Tuition” tab or click the link to “Drop Courses” found on the right-hand side of your Course Schedule on the “Start, Track and Apply”.

If you are withdrawing from all courses, email ohioseagrant@osu.edu to let us know why.

If you are enrolled in more than one course concurrently, your estimated costs will not reflect a reduction in room and meals costs. You will not be double-charged for room and meals for any time period during which you are taking two classes concurrently. The correct, adjusted Stone Lab room and meals fees will be posted to your BuckeyeLink account.

You will need to arrange transportation to South Bass Island. Join the Stone Lab Summer 2016 Facebook group to coordinate with students who will be attending classes beginning on the same date as yours.

To get to South Bass Island, you can take either the Miller Boat Line or Jet Express Ferry. For more information, visit stonelab.osu.edu/maps.

Once you arrive on South Bass Island, use your taxi pass and take the North Coast Cab Co. van to our Bayview office.

Any grades for your completed college credit courses will be posted in your Buckeye Link account. Select “Grades” in the “Academics” section to view. Do not contact the Stone Lab office regarding your grade, as we are not permitted to give out this information.

The credit courses you take at Stone Lab are part of your Ohio State University permanent record and are officially recorded, along with grades, on an OSU transcript. Ohio State does not automatically send your grades to you or to the school you are attending. If you would like a transcript for yourself or would like one sent to a specific person or school, you can order one here.

We encourage you NOT to bring a car with you. If you bring a car, you will have to pay to transport it on the ferry. You will spend most of your time on Gibraltar Island, which is too small for cars. Put-in-Bay is very walkable, and if your class takes trips farther away, transportation will be provided. If you need to bring a car to South Bass Island for some reason, it will need to stay parked at the Bayview Office.

Students are encouraged to share their photos from their time at Stone Lab with us. Any photos that are submitted to Stone Lab will be posted on our Flickr account at flickr.com/ohioseagrant.