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The deadline for REU applications 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014.
Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU)
Live the life of a professional researcher this summer!
Stone Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program brings together 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 up their discoveries, and give a final presentation to their peers learning the research process from start to finish and gaining
valuable, professional experience.
This year students will lead the following projects:
- Ecology of the Round Goby: Analysis of the condition of this invader of The Western Basin of Lake Erie (Ichthyology)
- Survival rates of birds of the Lake Erie Islands (Ornithology)
- Fisheries techniques: research and fish survey development (Fisheries Management)
- Lake Erie Water Snake field and laboratory research (Herpetology)
- Exploration of Lake Erie nutrient loading, hypoxic events (the “dead zone”), and harmful algal blooms (Limnology)***
*** Two of the four Limnology REUs will be working with Dr. Justin Chaffin in
the Stone Lab Water Quality Laboratory and have the opportunity to extend their REU
from 5 weeks to 8 weeks. They will get an additional hour of credit for the expansion,
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.
Involvement can even continue beyond the summer, as students have the opportunity to attend local and regional conferences and co-author scientific
journal articles about their research.
Those undergraduates selected via the highly competitive application process receive a full REU scholarship, which includes in-state tuition for the
2 credit research experience, in-state tuition for one five-week, 4-credit course, the lab fee, and room and board. Applicants must provide their
own health insurance, pay any program fees required by particular Ohio State majors, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
Further, first preference will be given to students that hold a junior or senior rank.
How to Apply
To complete your application for an REU position at Stone Laboratory, submit the following items by 5:00 p.m. on February 21, 2014:
- A typed one- to two-page cover letter statement describing your academic achievements, career goals, and preferred research area. Your statement should
also include information on why you
believe attending Stone Laboratory will help you attain your goals.
- Official of transcripts for all courses for which you received college credit. (Do not send advisor reports.)
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who may attest to your scholastic record and qualifications, such as academic advisors, counselors, instructors, and school
supervisors. Address letters of recommendation to:
c/o Arleen Pineda
1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212.
- Completed Research Experience for Undergraduates Application. Available upon request or download on the Apply Now page.
- Completed Stone Laboratory Course Application. Also available for request or download on the Apply Now page.
- A personal resume (2 page maximum).
Submit all items, along with your course application, to the address below. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-March.
1314 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
Tel: 614.292.8949, Fax: 614.292.4364