Program Website and Application Information
Experience careers that explore solutions for climate change, biodiversity loss, 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.
Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program may apply for this nationally competitive fellowship. Participate in a paid, intensive 10-week summer program to conduct 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.
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, ethics, and professional development. Learn skills you can apply anywhere. The Center for Tree Science also offers opportunities to return to continue your work.
The 2022 program dates are May 31 through August 5. Participants receive a $6,000 stipend, housing, travel assistance, and small research budget. Applications are accepted December 1, 2021, through February 4, 2022.
To apply, please review the following instructions and complete these four required steps by the application deadline, February 4, 2022:
1. Complete the online application below. A cover letter and resume are not required.
2. Complete the applicant questionnaire and personal statement, which will be sent to the email address you provide in the online application. Fill this out completely and submit by the application deadline (February 4, 2022). You will select up to three projects that interest you, have a chance to tell us about yourself and your interests, and provide reference information. We suggest dedicating time to this form instead of a cover letter and resume.
3. A reference form must be completed by the individual you list as a reference on your questionnaire and personal statement form. We will email them an online link for submission after you submit your form, and you will be notified when we have received the recommendation. This person has until February 15, 2022, to submit the short, 5-10 minute form. The reference will provide information regarding your potential benefit from participating in this specific program, and an evaluation of your motivation to benefit from this program.
4. Email your unofficial college/university transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 4, 2022.
The Arboretum fosters a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages employees to achieve success. All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment. To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applicants from colleges and universities with limited research opportunities, groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM programs, first- and second-year undergraduates, persons with disabilities, and veterans.