The mission of The Morton Arboretum is to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment. Our goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.
Experience careers that explore solutions for climate change, biodiversity, natural resources management, and urban life through the Center for Tree Science REU Program, Tree Science in the Anthropocene, funded by the National Science Foundation. Participate in an intensive 10-week summer program, conducting an independent research project under the guidance of a PhD-level mentor. Research areas include: evolutionary biology, ecosystems ecology, conservation biology, urban forestry and tree care, computer modeling, and engineering solutions.
The 2020 program dates are June 8 through August 14. Successful applicants receive a $6,000 stipend, housing, travel assistance, and research budget. Applications are accepted January 1 through February 14.
Gain direct experience on all aspects of a research project, from reading the primary literature, experimental design, collecting and analyzing data, to presenting the results at a final symposium. Develop critical thinking, independence, self-confidence, perseverance, and collaborative skills. Interact with REUs from other Chicago institutions, and benefit from workshops on science communication and professional development. Learn skills you can apply anywhere. The Center for Tree Science also offers opportunities to return to continue your work.
Undergraduates enrolled at a bachelor’s degree-granting institution may apply for this nationally competitive fellowship. Graduating college seniors and recent graduates may not apply.