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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program

Live the life of a professional researcher with Stone Lab's REU Scholarship Program

Stone Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program is a competitive comprehensive research internship that attracts students from across the country to learn how to conduct real, in-the-field research alongside top scientists. Over six weeks, participants use scientific equipment, explore the Lake Erie islands, and collect important data to help solve the most pressing issues for the Great Lakes region.

While taking a six-week course at Stone Lab, REU students spend their non-class days focused on research. Working closely with their research supervisor, they collect data, learn how to write about their discoveries and give a final presentation to their peers — learning the research process from start to finish and gaining valuable professional experience.

Students selected for the REU program receive a full scholarship to Stone Lab, including:

  • Room and meals
  • In-state tuition for a 6-week course
  • In-state tuition for the 2-credit research experience

In 2020, students will research the following topics:


Invasive Species and Forest Composition of the Lake Erie Islands


Visual ecology of walleye and emerald shiners


Survival of birds inhabiting the Lake Erie Islands


Exploration of Lake Erie nutrient loading, hypoxic events (the “dead zone”) and harmful algal blooms

Previous students have attended local and regional conferences and co-authored scientific journal articles about their research.

Students applying for the REU program must submit:

  • College transcripts
  • Resume
  • Cover letter (highlight previous background experiences and how the REU program and Stone Lab courses will support your academic and professional career)
  • Two completed recommendation forms from non-relatives who can speak to your academic success and work ethic. Recommendation forms should include the author’s business email.

Note: Students selected for REU positions must pay a $60 application fee to The Ohio State University. This fee will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the program.

REU Deadlines

To be considered for the 1969 REU program, you must apply by the deadline below

REU Application Deadline December 31, 1969