Gibraltar Island, OH College juniors and seniors who want to try their hand at an original research project this summer can still apply to Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory and the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship program. Applications must be received at the Stone Lab Columbus office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 22.
Undergraduate students at any U.S. institution selected through the highly competitive application process receive a full scholarship that includes tuition for the two-semester-credit research experience and a five-week, four-credit course, as well as the lab fee, and room and board. Research projects and classes begin June 16.
Students work alongside professional researchers to collect data, and learn how to communicate their discoveries in writing and in a final presentation to their peers. They also have the opportunity to attend local and regional conferences to present their research, and to co-author scientific journal articles about their project. These skills are not only an advantage when applying to graduate school, but also translate to other fields where problem solving, data analysis, and presentation delivery are in demand.
Interested students should visit stonelab.osu.edu/reu to learn more about the REU program, and to download application materials. A recording of last year’s final REU presentations is available at go.osu.edu/REU2012.
This summer, students can apply for the following projects:
- Reproductive biology of the round goby (Ichthyology)
- Distribution and ecology of crayfish (Ecology)
- Survival rates of birds of the Lake Erie Islands (Ornithology)
- Fisheries techniques: research and fish survey development (Fisheries Management)
- Lake Erie Water Snake field and laboratory research (Herpetology)
- Exploration of Lake Erie nutrient loading, hypoxic events (the “dead zone”?), and harmful algal blooms (Limnology)
Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’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.
Dr. Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant Assistant Director, email@example.com, 614.247.6684