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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Morton Arboretum
City: 
Lisle
State: 
Illinois
Zip Code: 
60532
Employment type: 
Internship
Accommodations: 
Vision Accommodations
Hearing Accommodations
Mobility
Remote Position: 
No
Job Expiration Date: 
02/14/2020

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.

Undergraduates enrolled at a bachelor’s degree-granting institution may apply for this nationally competitive fellowship. 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.

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.

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. 

To apply, submit the following 5 items, via online application and email:

Via online application:

1. Complete the online application at: https://careers.hireology.com/themortonarboretum/361539/description.

2. Attach a cover letter (one page maximum) to the first page of the online application, describing 1) why you would like to participate in the REU program, 2) your career goals and how this program will help you meet them, 3) prior research experience (if any), and 4) your preferred mentor and project.  A list of potential mentors and projects , can be found at https://www.mortonarb.org/science-conservation/center-tree-science/reu-program/apply-reu-program.  

3. Attach your curriculum vitae or resume to the first page of the online application.

 

Via email to ctsreu@mortonarb.org: 

4. Have an instructor or advisor from your academic institution send a letter of reference to ctsreu@mortonarb.org.

5. Send your unofficial transcript from your academic institution to cstreu@mortonarb.org.

We must receive these 5 documents in order to consider you for the program.

 

Applicants from colleges and universities with limited research opportunities, groups underrepresented in STEM programs, and first- and second-year undergraduates are encouraged to apply. 

The Morton Arboretum is a champion of diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success.  The Arboretum is committed to hire and develop employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status.  To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. 

The Morton Arboretum is dedicated to complying with our obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment.

 

Please contact ctsreu@mortonarb.org with questions.

 

The Morton Arboretum is a champion of diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success.  The Arboretum is committed to hire and develop employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status.  To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.  

The Morton Arboretum is dedicated to complying with our obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment.

The Morton Arboretum is a magnificent outdoor museum with a mission 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. The Arboretum ranks among the leading arboretums of the world in size, age, quality of specimens, and programs in Plant Collections, Science and Conservation, and Education.

History:  Established in 1922 by Mr. Joy Morton, founder of the Morton Salt Company and son of J. Sterling Morton, the originator of Arbor Day, the Arboretum has grown to include 1,700 acres of plant collections and gardens amid spectacular natural landscapes of woodlands, prairie, lakes, and streams.

Plant Collections:  The Arboretum grows and displays a rich diversity of trees, shrubs, and other plants that are Collections evaluated for their suitability for the midwestern United States. These living collections include 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,650 different kinds of plants. Arranged by geographic, taxonomic, and other special groupings, the collections are enhanced by restored natural areas of native plants.

Science and Conservation:  The Research Program focuses on practical scientific studies; key areas include tree health, tree Conservation improvement, and woodland conservation. Housed in the state-of-the-art Research Center is a Herbarium with a collection of 200,000 dried specimens for botanical research. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative develops strategies for tree and urban forest improvement; the Community Trees program advocates for trees in 274 communities in seven counties. ArbNet, facilitated by The Morton Arboretum, is an interactive professional community of arboreta with programs to foster advancements among tree-focused gardens. Science and conservation initiatives address international needs to build partnerships and save endangered trees.

Education:  The Education Program is relevant to needs and interests in learning about plants, nature, and ways to improve our world. Through the Thornhill Education Center, classes and other offerings for adults, youth and family, and schools and scouts serve 47,000 participants, with 646 schools partaking of field, lab, and outreach programs. Also available are teacher-training resources and a cooperative botany degree program with regional colleges and universities. The Sterling Morton Library contains collections of 27,000 volumes on botany, horticulture, natural history, and ecology; rare books, periodicals, and catalogs; and 12,000 botanical artworks. The Plant Clinic answers inquiries from 536 zip codes about plant selection and care. 

Accommodations:
Vision Accommodations, Hearing Accommodations, Mobility