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Great Lakes Fisheries Science Training Workshop to Recruit Undergraduates from Diverse Backgrounds

9:09 am, Wed October 27, 2021 – The Great Lakes Fisheries Science Training Workshop will introduce participants to the study of fisheries science and will explore careers in fisheries ecology, management, and conservation

students in waders, standing in a stream holding nets

A one-week workshop, held at The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus and Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie, will introduce participants to the study of fisheries science and explore careers in fisheries ecology, management, and conservation. Applications are now open at ael.osu.edu/FSTWorkshop, and close on January 17, 2022.

The Great Lakes Fisheries Science Training Workshop will run July 30 to August 5, 2022 and aims to introduce undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to the study of fisheries ecology, management, and modeling. Students will also explore careers in fisheries science and receive guidance on finding and applying for graduate and career opportunities in the field.

“The workshop will be developed and taught by faculty and staff from Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant, as well as partners from universities and conservation agencies,” said Dr. Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab’s director. “Combining all of the resources at our Lake Erie field station with an amazing group of university and agency experts in fisheries research, management, and outreach will provide students with great learning opportunities.”

Students will start the week at Ohio State’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory in Columbus and will then travel to Stone Lab, with stops at stream sites in the Lake Erie watershed and at Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve. All expenses will be paid for selected participants, including travel costs, field trips, lodging, and meals while at the workshop. In addition, a $250 stipend will be provided after the workshop to help cover any additional expenses.

Any current undergraduate at a U.S. institution with at least one year of college credit, as well as recently graduated U.S. residents with a 2020, 2021 or 2022 graduation date and no graduate school experience, are encouraged to apply. Applicants only need to demonstrate an interest in learning more about fisheries ecology and the modeling tools used to inform fisheries management; extensive experience in math, research, or fisheries science is not required.

“We’ve put together a collection of activities that range from hands-on modeling and laboratory sessions to field sampling trips and professional development activities,” said Dr. Stuart Ludsin, professor in Ohio State’s Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. “Students should leave the workshop with a thorough understanding of not only fisheries science but how they could find, compete for, and build a career in this field, regardless of their academic major.”

Activities will be led by faculty and staff from Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab, Ohio State’s Aquatic Ecology Laboratory and the Center on Education and Training for Employment, Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, NOAA’s Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, Eureka Aquatic Research, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Wildlife.

If you have any questions about the workshop or the application process, please contact program liaison Beth Wallace at wallace.308@osu.edu.

Funding for this workshop is provided by a grant from the National Sea Grant College Program.

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. The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For information on Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.

ARTICLE TITLE: Great Lakes Fisheries Science Training Workshop to Recruit Undergraduates from Diverse Backgrounds PUBLISHED: 9:09 am, Wed October 27, 2021
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Christina Dierkes
Outreach Specialist, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

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 Stone Lab’s Guest Lecture Series and other outreach events, and manages social media for Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab.

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