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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowship Program

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

Stone Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowship 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 eight 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. In 2024, the program runs from June 3 through July 26 and is open to students from any U.S. university, including international students.

Working closely with their research supervisor, REU students 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 fellowship to Stone Lab, including:

  • Room and meals
  • A $5,500 stipend

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MK Rinderle is senior environmental science major at The Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. In 2022, she spent the summer at Stone Lab as part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowship Program.

In 2024, students will study the following topics:

Fish Ecology

Exploration of the behavioral and physiological responses of Lake Erie fishes to human-induced environmental change


Species diversity and distribution on the Bass Islands, Lake Erie


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 (unofficial transcripts or advising reports are sufficient)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter (highlight previous background experiences and how the REU program 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.

REU Deadlines

To be considered for the 2024 REU program, you must apply by the deadline below:

REU Application Deadline February 26, 2024