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 ohiosci.org/ssd.
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.
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 ohioseagrant.osu.edu/giving/fosl.