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Stone Lab Seeks Science Majors for 2020 Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program

January 9, 2020
Stone Lab Seeks Science Majors for 2020 Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program

January 9, 2020

COLUMBUS – Stone Laboratory welcomes college undergraduates to apply for its 2020 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program. Applications are due by February 3, 2020.

Students selected for the REU program receive a full scholarship, including lab fee, room, meals and in-state tuition for the 2-credit research experience and a 4-credit, six-week course at Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie.

Undergraduates from any U.S. college may apply for this competitive, comprehensive research opportunity. The students chosen will learn how to conduct scientific research in the field alongside top scientists. The program runs concurrently with the six-week college term at Stone Lab from June 15 through July 24, 2020, and REU students must be enrolled in one of the courses offered during that term.

For Harrison Fried, the REU program was an opportunity like no other. “It covered all costs associated with staying on the island, including tuition, room and board, which allowed me to focus on my classes and research. It was hard, but rewarding, work,” said the recent Ohio State graduate. “I was amazed at all of the resources I had access to on the island, from professors and peers to the local charter captains; there were always people around with strong knowledge of the lake.”

REU students spend their non-class days focused on research, working closely with their supervisors to design an experiment, collect samples and analyze data. At the end of the program, students give final presentations to their peers and the public via webinar. This summer, students will conduct projects in botany, ichthyology, ornithology and limnology.

Applicants must submit their applications by February 3, 2020. Selections will be made by the end of March. Application requirements and more information can be found at

Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of The Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie. Stone Lab offers 20 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators. For information on Stone Laboratory, visit

Justin Chaffin, REU contact
(419) 285-1845