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APPLYING

Applications are now closed for the 2017 season.

The REU 2017 Program will run June 8, 2017 to August 18, 2017. 
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Dates of Interest; Thank you for applying to our program. We had over 300 applicants for our positions. Below is our proposed timeline for hiring applicants for this summer. 

  1. Feb 22nd - We will review of applicants; once all transcripts and Recommendations are in. 
  2. Mar 1st-7th - Mentors will interview potential applicants. 
  3. March 21st - Offers to be sent out. 

To apply, students will need to do the following:

  • Read through potential projects and identify the three projects and mentors you are most interested in.
  • Prepare a statement of interest.
  • Have the name and email address of a reference willing to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters may be submitted after the application deadline.
  • Create an account
  • Once you are logged in, click on the menu item My Account > My Application and submit your application.
  • Arrange to have official transcripts sent to:

REU Program
c/o Jeremie Fant
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022

Transcripts may be received after the application deadline.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. We realize that letters of recommendation and transcripts may arrive after the application deadline, and applications will be considered as they are completed. Chicago Botanic Garden values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in all its programs. Students who lack extensive research opportunities at their home institutions and/or are from groups traditionally underrepresented in the biological sciences are encouraged to apply. For more information, please email us at info@cbgreu.org.

Applications to the program must be submitted using the "Online Application" web forms no later than midnight on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

NOTE: Do not begin the online application until you are ready to complete it as you will not be able to save an incomplete application and return to it at a later time.

 

Eligibility
Application Requirements
Statement of Interest
Letters of Recommendation
Official Education Transcripts
FAQ

 

Eligibility

NSF-supported REU participants must be current undergraduate students (enrolled spring and fall 2017) and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
If you're graduating in Spring 2017, please consider the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program, which hires 75-100 college graduates for 5-month internships each year (http://www.clminternship.org/).

 

Application Requirements

The following documents are necessary for an application to be considered complete:

  • Completed application form (online)
  • Statement of interest (to be uploaded to the online application as a pdf file)
  • One reference (with name, email address, and institutional affiliation and position)
  • Official college/university transcripts (to be mailed to Chicago Botanic Garden)

 

Statement of Interest

Applicants must prepare an essay detailing:

  1. Why you are interested in the CBG REU Program;
  2. What you hope to gain from the REU internship and how it fits with your longer-term educational and career goals.
  3. Explain your interest in Conservation and Plant Biology.
  4. List relevant courses and experiences that have prepared you for your preferred projects.

 

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation must be sent directly to CBG by the individual you list as your reference. We will email your reference an online link for letter submission and you will be notified by email when we have received the letter. When selecting your reference, please be sure that they can speak to your potential for conducting research.

 

Official Education Transcripts

Your official college/university transcripts must be sent directly from the school in a sealed envelope to:

REU Program
c/o Jeremie Fant
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

Further questions? Email us at  info@cbgreu.org