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Friends of Stone Lab Award Stone Laboratory Scholarships to State Science Day Competitors

12:00 pm, Tue June 30, 2020 – The Friends of Stone Lab (FOSL) awarded 15 Stone Lab scholarships to exceptional high school students at the 2020 virtual State Science Day

Columbus, ohio The Friends of Stone Laboratory (FOSL) awarded Stone Laboratory scholarships to 15 high school students from across the state at the 2020 State Science Day, held virtually May 26-June 2, 2020.

Each student receives free room and board for a one-week course held at Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, a value of $500. The scholarship can be used up to three calendar years after it is awarded.

“As a retired science teacher who believed in the value of ‘doing science,’ I could not imagine not helping out with judging,” said Diane Gabriel, one of the FOSL members who evaluated projects for the scholarship awards. “All of the projects were high-quality and great Stone Lab candidates. I was really proud of the kids that so many of them took up the challenge [of a virtual science fair]. It was not easy.”

Since 1996, the nonprofit group FOSL has awarded scholarships to more than 200 top State Science Day participants to allow them to experience hands-on science at The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab.

This year’s scholarship winners are:

Animal Sciences

Clock Inside the Hamster
Miyu Sakumoto, Grade 10, Tippecanoe High School, Tipp City

Does Music Genre Affect A Dog’s Ability To Learn A New Trick
Emma Shuman, Grade 10, Hicksville High School, Hicksville


Temperature’s Effect on Photosynthesis
Grace Moon, Grade 10, Geneva High School, Geneva

Earth and Environmental Sciences

How Important Is The Use of Cover Crops When Trying To Prevent Erosion?
Eric Goddard, Grade 10, Global Impact STEM Academy, Springfield

Artificial Light at Night in Northwest Ohio and its Effect on Sleep Quality
Carsyn Hagans, Grade 10, Archbold High School, Archbold

Generation X Chemicals: Impacts on Freshwater in Ohio
Willow Kenneda, Grade 12, Williamsburg High School, Williamsburg

World Without Waste: Separating Laminated Plastic from Paper
Anuj Raghavan, Grade 10, William Mason High School, Mason

Negative Effects of Plastic Leachate on Spirulina major
Josephine Rose, Grade 11, Carroll High School, Dayton

Can Wool be Used to Control Sediment and Phosphorus Losses for an Ohio Soil
Emily Stevens, Grade 10, New London High School, New London

Energy-Sustainable Materials and Design

Maximizing the Production of Biofuel by Controlling pH and Temperature
Michael Scheeser, Grade 11, Hudson High School, Hudson

Environmental Engineering

AQUASMART: An AI-Powered Farm Advisor Tool
Bela Karajagi, Grade 10, William Mason High School, Mason

Materials Science

The Versatility of Green Concrete
Landon Muhlenkamp, Grade 11, Greenville Senior High School, Greenville

Plant Sciences

The Effects of the EAB on White, Green, and Blue Ash
Jake McCarthy, Grade 10, Athens High School, Athens

Water Usage and Leaf Venation Structures in Rhododendron Species and Hybrids
Sara Ramaiah, Grade 12, Mentor High School, Mentor

Pinto Bean Plants Response to Changes in Direction of Gravity vs Light
Jimmy Warholy, Grade 10, St. Vincent St. Mary High School, Akron

State Science Day is organized by the Ohio Academy of Science. Learn more at

Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie and the education, research and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Stone Lab offers 20 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators. For more information, visit

FOSL is non-profit group dedicated to donating time and money to assist with the lab’s educational, outreach, and research programs through volunteerism and financial donation. Since its creation in 1981, FOSL has raised more than $1.3 million in endowments, purchased equipment and supported scholarships for more than 1,000 students, and funded research assistants and visiting professors. Information about joining FOSL can be found at

ARTICLE TITLE: Friends of Stone Lab Award Stone Laboratory Scholarships to State Science Day Competitors PUBLISHED: 12:00 pm, Tue June 30, 2020
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Christina Dierkes
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As Ohio Sea Grant’s science writer, Christina covers research, education and outreach projects in the Great Lakes for a wide range of audiences. She also produces online events like the Freshwater Science webinar series and other outreach events, and manages social media for Ohio Sea Grant.