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Research Experience for Undergraduations (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 competetive comprehensive research internship that attracts students from across the country to learn how to conduct real, in-the-field research alongside top scientists. Over five 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 five-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.

In 2017, students will research the following topics:

Botany


Invasive Species and Forest Composition of the Lake Erie Islands

Ichthyology


Visual ecology of walleye and emerald shiners

Ecology


Ecology and conservation issues in northern Ohio crayfish

Ornithology


Survival of birds inhabiting the Lake Erie Islands

Fisheries Management


Fisheries investigations to inform fisheries management

Limnology*


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

* Two of the four limnology REUs will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Justin Chaffin, Ohio Sea Grant’s research coordinator, in the Stone Lab Water Quality Laboratory to extend their REU from 5 weeks to 8 weeks. These students will earn an additional credit hour, work full-time in the water quality lab, be paid an hourly salary for 20 hours/week and have their additional tuition and room and meals provided.

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:

  • All official 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 letters of recommendation (from non-relatives and individuals who can speak to your academic successes and work ethic) emailed directly to ohioseagrant@osu.edu.
Note:

Students applying for the REU program need not submit the Ohio State nondegree application, including $60 application fee, until after REU scholarships are announced (by the end of March).


REU Deadlines

To be considered for the 2017 REU program, you must apply by the deadline below

DATE
REU Application Deadline February 6, 2017