Gibraltar Island, OH Students at Stone Laboratory, Ohio State University’s Island Campus on Lake Erie, aren’t just benefiting from a great location and the expertise of Lake Erie scientists from around the state. 73 students also received a combined total of $78,998 in annual scholarships to help them come to Gibraltar Island. The group represents 39 schools and 15 colleges from across the Great Lakes region.
Nine summer students are part of the Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, which allows them to work side by side with researchers while taking a five-week course. The highly competitive REUs cover tuition as well as room and board, and provide recipients with the opportunity to lead an original research project that could be presented at scientific conferences after the summer.
Thirty scholarships for college and graduate students, including 10 teachers working on professional development, as well as 33 high school scholarships and one research scholarship covering room and board for the summer, round out the awards given to Stone Laboratory students in 2012. Scholarships range from $200 to almost $4,000 for REU students, with the average award at $1,082.
“I was fortunate to be one of a handful of students to receive a scholarship in 1971 to go to Stone Lab”? says Dr. Jeff Reutter, Director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory. “I would not have been able to attend without it, and over the years I have paid it back many times to allow future students to have the same opportunities I had. Today I am pleased that through the generosity of donors we are able to award many scholarships annually, but the majority of students still get no financial aid and those we do support do not receive enough.”?
Stone Lab scholarships come from a wide variety of sources, including the Friends of Stone Laboratory, Stone Laboratory funds, and a number of endowments from private and corporate sponsors. Support for future summer students is always accepted at stonelab.osu.edu/fosl/give.
Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State University’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the education and research facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie. Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators. For information on Stone Laboratory, visit stonelab.osu.edu.
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