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Friends of Stone Lab Award 15 Stone Laboratory Scholarships to 2023 State Science Day Competitors

10:41 am, Mon July 31, 2023 – The Friends of Stone Lab (FOSL) awarded 15 Stone Lab scholarships to exceptional high school students at the 2023 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 State Science Day.

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 $550. The scholarship can be used up to three calendar years after it is awarded.

Since 1996, 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 Lillyann Nahar, Mackenzie Gesek, Felicia Groom and Erin Monaco.

“These awards are important to FOSL so they can be a conduit to the hand-on learning of field-based biology that happens at Stone Lab,” said Erin Monaco, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory’s FOSL liaison and business coordinator. “They allow students to engage in the role of scientist, collect actual specimens and data, see how they are connected to their environment, and can be a jump start to their schooling or career.”

This year’s scholarship winners are:

The Effects of Chemical and Organic Fertilizers on the Heart Rate of Daphnia magna
Abby Brown, Grade 11, Xenia

Rain Water vs. Other Types of Water on Plant Growth
Courtney Clark, Grade 12, Warren

An Experiment on Amendments Assisting in Plant Growth and Soil Health
Juliella Hankinson, Grade 11, Walhonding

The Effects of Water Salinity on Soybean DNA
Sophia Haughn, Grade 12, Canal Winchester

A Mathematical Analysis of Velocity and Density vs. Crater Size
Kyle Heilmann, Grade 11, Beavercreek

The Effects of Color During Butterfly Foraging
Ashley Knox, Grade 11, Warren

Wastewater’s Effect on the Dissolved Oxygen of Lake Water with Reference to the Hypoxia Threshold
Macy Ladd, Grade 12, Put-in-Bay

Detecting 35S Promoter & NOS Terminator to Identify Mislabeled GM Food Products
Alexander Mian, Grade 12, Toledo

Comparison of Water Purification Methods
Curtis Ngidari, Grade 11, Miamisburg

Volatile Profile of Cotton Candy Grapes
Jack Peterson, Grade 11, Columbus

The Effect of Lactic Acid Bacteria on the Growth of Soybean Plants
Emily Swope, Grade 12, Lancaster

Trihalomethane Occurrence and Formation within Water Distribution Systems Impacting Public Schools
Elizabeth Theobald, Grade 11, Archbold

Effect of Algae-Based Bioreactor on Carbon Presence in the Atmosphere
Paige Walter, Grade 12, West Salem

Toxicity of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (Forever Chemicals) in the Annelid Lumbriculus
Nathan Wang, Grade 11, Cincinnati

The Effect of Air Circulator on Indoor Air Quality
Jiaxin Zhou, Grade 12, Warren

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 15 Stone Laboratory Scholarships to 2023 State Science Day Competitors PUBLISHED: 10:41 am, Mon July 31, 2023
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Jill Jentes Banicki
Assistant Director, Communications, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Jill Jentes Banicki is the Assistant Director and Communications Coordinator of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory.