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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 2023, the program runs from June 1 through July 30 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 (paid as an hourly rate)

2023 topics coming soon!

In 2022, students studied the following topics:


Invasive Species and Forest Composition of the Lake Erie Islands

Fish Ecology

Diet analysis of Lake Erie fishes


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 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 2023 REU program, you must apply (application coming soon!) by the deadline below:

REU Application Deadline February 25, 2022