Biology Resources & Opportunities

Larry R. Yoder Prairie Learning Laboratory

The Larry R. Yoder Prairie Learning Laboratory is a tall grass prairie restoration located on the Ohio State Marion campus. The restoration project was started by a small and highly dedicated group of people in 1976 and the site has grown and changed quite a bit since then. Today, more than 11 acres of restored tall grass prairie are a showpiece on the campus and an attraction for the surrounding communities.

The Ohio State University at Marion welcome researchers from all disciplines to conduct short- or long-term research at the Larry R. Yoder tall grass prairie. Recent research projects include:

An investigation on the effect of the age of prairie patches on soil organic carbon, recalcitrant carbon (chemically resistant materials and organic remnants) and coal carbon (due to the prairie burning process).

Research characterizing the biogeochemical evolution of dissolved organic matter in the prairie pond under different climate regimes.

Measuring the effect of water supplementation on honeybee hive productivity.

Contributing seeds to the Project Baseline seedbank project at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

If you are interested in conducting research on the Larry R. Yoder prairie, please contact Susan Gershman

The Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellowship Program provides one-year research fellowships to the best and brightest Ohio State University undergraduate students who want to help cure cancer. Cancer is a complex disease and curing it will take a multidisciplinary effort. So, no matter what their field of study, from traditional scientific fields to fields like engineering, history and business, all Ohio State undergraduate students may apply.

STEM Summer Camp for High School Students

JUNE 10-14, 2024

The STEM Summer Camp program for all high school students is a week-long day camp that focuses on a broad sampling of relevant science and engineering topics. Camp attendees will experience multidisciplinary projects working with Ohio State Marion faculty in molecular genetics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, robotics, programming, and engineering. During this camp student participants will:

  • Exercise their critical thinking skills during problem solving sessions focusing on building boats they must pilot across the Marion YMCA swimming pool.
  • Work collaboratively in teams to complete a STEM-themed escape room challenge primarily focusing on problem solving in mathematics and biochemistry.
  • Build and program an Arduino-compatible robot they will take home as a souvenir.
  • Experience inquiry-based learning in OSU science labs when they use PCR to amplify DNA from a mock crime scene investigation to identify the guilty suspect.
  • Perform chemical analysis to determine if a painting is legitimate or a forgery. 
  • Learn about mechanical engineering as they tour the Honda Facility and experience the museum at Honda Heritage Center.
  • Experience hands-on activities in the field as they examine macroinvertebrates during a field trip to Terradise Nature Preserve and the Marion Tallgrass Trail. 
  • Receive a Certificate of Successful Completion from The Ohio State University at Marion.

Program Details 
Where: Ohio State Marion, Science and Engineering Building   
When: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Cost: $165 (lunch and lab costs are included in the registration fee)   
Eligibility: Applicant must be enrolled as a rising freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in any high school.  

Application Procedure  
Use the following link to apply for STEM Summer Camp for High School Student:

Coming November 1st, 2023. Stay Tuned.

Registration will close May 31st, 2024, or at the earliest date all available spaces are filled. Internet access is required for completing the application form and remitting the camp fee.

For more information or questions please contact Dr. Tiffiny Rye-McCurdy at  

Student Organizations, Publications, and Programs

Ohio State Marion offers students a wide array of extracurricular opportunities that encourages them to express themselves creatively, interact with like-minded students and faculty, and participate in the larger Marion community.

Academic Support

The following links provide access to various resources and services that psychology majors will find particularly helpful for research, assistance with writing, and access to technology.

Career Services

It is never too early for students to work on a career plan for after college. Will you need to continue your education with graduate school? Do you plan to enter directly into the work force after you complete your undergraduate degree? How do you strengthen your resume or graduate school application with internships, organization membership and volunteer opportunities while in college? Ohio State Marion's Career Services Office, Maynard Hall 124, can help you with these issues. Schedule an appointment with Jane Arnold, our Career Services Coordinator, by calling (740) 725-6061.