Yes, our campus here at Ohio State is huge and wonderful. We have just about everything you need to survive the college life. But sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone and take an adventure. If you’re interested in science and love being outdoors, I highly recommend you visit Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory!
Floor mural in the Stone Lab dining hall
What is Stone Laboratory?
Stone Laboratory is an Ohio State campus located on Gibraltar Island (it’s right next to Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie). This campus offers several summer courses, jobs, workshops and undergraduate research opportunities. Students can gain hands-on experiences with help from instructors and researchers.
How Can I Get Involved?
Because Stone Lab is an island campus, there is limited housing space available for students and faculty. There is an application process that must be completed through the Ohio Sea Grant. If you’re interested in applying for summer courses, more information can be found at: https://ohioseagrant.osu.edu/education/stonelab/apply
View of Lake Erie on the ferry ride
I have not taken summer courses at Stone Lab, but I took a weekend trip to the island through the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). This trip was open to all first year students in the school, and it was COMPLETELY FREE! That’s right, this trip was FREE with no additional costs or fees. I got to meet a variety of students, staff and faculty in SENR, as well as those currently involved at Stone Lab. Each student was able to participate in one research session of their choice. I took water samples of Lake Erie, discovered several different aquatic species, and learned about different methods of testing water quality. My trip to Stone Lab was not entirely educational. In the evening, we got to roast marshmallows around a campfire; and the next morning we got to kayak on Lake Erie!
My friends and I on the highest point of the island
If you love science and want to take a trip off the Columbus campus, Stone Lab will not disappoint! If you’re not interested in taking summer courses, Stone Lab offers field trips, tours and other educational programs throughout the year. This weekend getaway was a great way for me to meet other students that share my interests in the science field. I was also able to familiarize myself with the academic team of SENR. If you get the chance, I encourage you to check it out!
For additional information, click here: http://stonelab.osu.edu/