Announcing The Lois M. Jones Graduate Fellowship in Earth Sciences

June 3, 2019
Team members in field gear at the South Pole

Commitment to supporting Earth Sciences research


Lois M. Jones (1935-2000) was a geochemist from The Ohio State University who led the first all-women research expedition to Antarctica in 1969 and became one of the first women to reach the South Pole. She and her team were trailblazers, and now nearly a third of Antarctic researchers are women. In her efforts to emphasize inclusion of under-represented groups, she graciously created an endowment to support young researchers. Following her example, The Ohio State University and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center are announcing the Lois M. Jones Graduate Fellowship that will be awarded to a graduate student focusing on Earth Sciences research.

About the program


The Lois M. Jones fellowship will be awarded to support a graduate student fellowship in the School of Earth Sciences. Consideration will be given to all eligible candidates, including students affiliated with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. Women and under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Selection of fellowship award recipients shall be based on proven academic ability and anticipated potential in the field of Earth Sciences. A committee convened by the Director of the School in consultation with the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in the School will review nominations. Students will be nominated by their graduate advisors.

Student nomination packets should include:

  • Nomination letter from graduate advisor
  • Scope of research to be completed during the fellowship (1 page summary)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Current advising report

Applications are due July 15, 2019. Application materials or questions should be directed to lower.9@osu.edu (cc to saltzman.11 and carpenter.634).

Fellowship term will be 1 semester. This fellowship is potentially renewable up to a total of 2 semesters of support.

Graduate students who receive this fellowship will be expected to give a seminar in Earth Sciences and/or at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center to highlight their research.