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REU at Morton Arboretum: Integrative Tree Science for the Anthropocene

by Ivara J. Roth on February 21, 2019

Deadline extended until March 1!

Students in the program spend 10 weeks at The Morton Arboretum under the mentorship of our Research Scientists and Research Associates, working through the entire scientific process to the completion of an independent research project. Our scientists cover a broad range of topics:
basic tree biology, forest ecology, arboriculture, biomechanics, root biology, soil science, genetics, phylogenetics, systematics, conservation biology, and restoration ecology. A partial list of mentors and projects, as well as instructions on how to apply can be found at:

Students participate in weekly activities, including training seminars, field trips, and social events. At the end of the program, students will be required to prepare a final report and present their work in a student research symposium at The Morton Arboretum. Students also interact with peers in REU and summer internship programs at the Arboretum and in the Chicago region.

The 2019 program dates will be June 3 through August 9 and applications are accepted from Jan 1 – Mar 1. Participants receive a $5750 stipend for the ten weeks, free housing on the nearby North Central College campus, and budgets for research and travel. For more information, please go to Please contact with questions.

All undergraduates enrolled in a degree granting institution are eligible to apply, from freshmen to first semester seniors.  Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit the following 5 items (items 1-3 via online application, items 4-5 via email):

1. Complete the online application at:, *You must attach the cover letter and CV on the first page of this online application

2. Attach cover letter (one page maximum), describing: why you would like to participate in the program; your career goals and how this program will help you meet them; prior research experience (if any); and your preferred mentor and project.

3. Curriculum vitae or resume. Via email to

4. Letter of reference should be sent by an instructor or advisor from your academic institution.

5. Official or unofficial transcript from your academic institution, sent by you or your university.

The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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