PUT-IN-BAY, OHIO – Applications are open now for 2018 classes for high school students, college students, teachers and the public at Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie.
Students can earn two college credits in one week or four credits in five weeks in summer science classes on subjects such as aquatic biology, behavioral ecology and field zoology. Credits are transferable to most U.S. colleges.
Stone Lab classes take students outside the classroom to experience science in the real world, getting up close with the plants, animals, geography and ecosystem of Lake Erie. Introductory courses are open to advanced high school students – sophomores, juniors and seniors who have already taken biology – as well as to college undergraduates in any major, while the wide-variety of upper level courses are ideal for science majors looking for practical experience in their chosen field.
“Stone Lab provides students with field-based learning and skills that clearly help their resumes stand out as they look to enter into an increasingly competitive job market and graduate school selection process,” said Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Laboratory Director Chris Winslow. “Stone Lab courses provide students with experience with equipment that they would not get otherwise and skills that they’ll use for years to come.”
New to Stone Lab this year is Water Quality Management, a one-week, 2-credit upper level course exploring the physical, chemical and biological aspects of water quality, including how the natural watershed processes drive the functioning of lakes and rivers and how humans affect water quality.
Stone Lab also offers professional development for educators who are seeking to earn graduate credit or continuing education units toward licensure renewal and workshops on topics such as bird banding, fish sampling and algae identification.
Stone Lab awards more than $40,000 in scholarships each year based on both academic merit and financial need. Scholarships range from $100 to $2,500 per student to help offset the costs of tuition, room and meals. The scholarship deadline is March 1, 2018 for college students and March 13, 2018 for high school students. All those taking courses for college credit are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/aid. The competitive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program is a full scholarship open to college science majors. The REU deadline is Feburary 5, 2018.
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 research, education, and outreach 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 The 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.