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Friends of Stone Lab Award Stone Laboratory Scholarships to 2021 State Science Day Competitors

8:32 am, Tue June 29, 2021 – The Friends of Stone Lab (FOSL) awarded 15 Stone Lab scholarships to exceptional high school students at the 2021 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 73rd Annual State Science Day, held virtually in 2021.

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.

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 judges were Michelle Pennington, Jill Bartolotta, Diane Gabriel, Erin Monaco, Dr. Jeffrey Reutter, and Ellen McMahon.

This year’s scholarship winners are:

Removing Chromium (VI) from Contaminated Water using a Low-Cost Chitosan Coated Diatomaceous Earth
Johan Demessie, Grade 10, William Mason High School, Mason

Improving Growth and Drought Tolerance of Glycine max using Asophyllum nodosum
Kelly Dong, Grade 11, Carroll High School, Dayton

The Effect of Blood Splatter in Correlation With the Weapon Used
Julia Garza, Grade 10, Hicksville High School, Hicksville

UV Radiation on Soybean Seeds
Riley Gaydosh, Grade 12, Anna High School, Anna

Can Goldfish (Carassius auratus), Representing the Invasive Asian Carp, be Trained to Move to a Specific Location Using Sound, (in Hertz), to Rid Them From an Affected Area?
Gia Guessford, Grade 10, Archbishop McNicholas High School, Cincinnati

Are Curved Objects Better in Extreme Weather Conditions?
Simran Kaur, Grade 10, Dayton Regional STEM School, Beavercreek

Quantifying Indoor Atmospheric Microplastic Pollution Using Dust Particle Samples
Emily Kruse, Grade 12, Bloom Carroll High School, Canal Winchester

The Analysis of Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis at eliminating Aedes aegypti larvae
Azuria Littlejohn, Grade 12, David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center, Dayton

Algal Bloom? More Like Algal Doom!
Neha Pasupuleti, Grade 10, Dayton Regional STEM School, Miamisburg

Effect of Grain Size of Citrus sinensis on Ocean Water pH
Meredith Sanders, Grade 10, Carroll High School, Fairborn

Artificial Injection of Gibberellic Acid as Yield-Enhancing Property to Radishes
Landon Shelpman, Grade 10, Global Impact STEM Academy, Springfield

The Effects of Pollution on Carassius auratus
Madison Stairhime, Grade 10, Hicksville High School, Hicksville

Testing Different Frequencies of Light on Solar Panels
Samantha Stitt, Grade 11, Bloom Carroll High School, Carroll

The potential of Elophila obliteralis larvae (waterlily leafcutter moth) as a biological control for the invasive aquatic plant Nymphoides peltata (yellow floating heart)
Rachel Tomasko, Grade 12, Padua Franciscan High School, Strongsville

The Effects of Increased Phytoplankton Population on Dissolved Carbon Dioxide and Marine Life
Ethan Varner, Grade 11, Versailles High School, Versailles

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 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

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 2021 State Science Day Competitors PUBLISHED: 8:32 am, Tue June 29, 2021
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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.