The Chicago Botanic Garden, with colleagues from partner institutions, hosts a ten-week summer research experience. This program offers undergraduate participants an opportunity to explore a diverse array of scientific fields related to plant biology and conservation. Travel to and from Chicago, room and board in downtown Chicago, and research costs are covered by the program. Participants also receive a $5,750 stipend.
Student work will be based out of our new, well-equipped laboratories in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center. Students will be trained in all stages of research, from hypothesis formulation through experimental design, data collection, analysis, and ultimately presentation of results through a public research symposium. Additionally, there may be opportunities to present at national scientific meetings or publish findings in peer-reviewed journals. REU interns will interact closely with doctoral and master’s degree students from the joint Chicago Botanic Garden–Northwestern University Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation and other graduate programs. Participants will also be encouraged to serve as research mentors for teens attending Chicago Public Schools and participating in the Garden’s College First program. Interns will also participate in field trips, workshops, and professional development activities.
Chicago Botanic Garden values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in all its programs. In particular, students who lack research opportunities at their home institutions, who have not participated in REU or similar experiences in the past, and/or are from groups traditionally underrepresented in the biological sciences are especially encouraged to apply. At the CBG Plant Science Research Center we advocate diversity in the sciences by promoting access and success of historically marginalized communities through the fostering of an equitable and inclusive community climate.
The Garden’s mission is grounded in the belief that caring for gardens and natural areas is fundamentally important to the well-being of everyone. We strive to make the Garden and all its programs available and accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We value diversity in all its forms and at every level of our organization – board, staff, volunteers, and vendors. Through the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and experience, the Garden is more effectively able to create extraordinary and welcoming experiences for our increasingly diverse audiences. We are committed to ensuring a sense of belonging to every individual we encounter, regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, intellectual ability, or economic status.
REU Site: Plant Biology & Conservation Research Experiences for Undergraduates - From Genes to Ecosystems. (Supported by NSF awards DBI-0353752, DBI-0648972, DBI-1062675 and DBI-1461007)