Plant Biology & Conservation: From Genes to Ecosystems

Basic information

The Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) and Northwestern University (NU) collaborate to host a 10-week summer research experience in plant biology and conservation.

This program offers undergraduate participants and opportunity to explore a diverse array of scientific fields related to plant biology and conservation.

Student work will be based out of the 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 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-Northwester 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.


Travel, room and board, and research costs are covered by the program. Participants also receive a $4,750 stipend.


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

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of interest
  • One reference
  • Official college/university transcripts

NSF-supported REU participants must be current undergraduate students and must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

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