REU Program: From Genes to Ecosystems

Applications for summer 2018 are now closed

The REU 2018 Program will run Monday June 11, 2018 to Friday August 17, 2018


Dates of Interest: Below is our proposed timeline for hiring applicants for summer 2018. 

  1. NOTE: Applications are now closed and we will begin reviewing applications
  2. Early March - Mentors will interview potential applicants. 
  3. Late March - Offers to be sent out. 

The Chicago Botanic Garden, with colleagues from partner institutions, hosts a ten-week summer research experience. This program offers undergraduate participants an opportunity to explore a diverse array of scientific fields related to plant biology and conservation. Travel to and from Chicago, room and board in downtown Chicago, and research costs are covered by the program. Participants also receive a $5,750 stipend. 

Student work will be based out of our 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 research 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–Northwestern 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.

Chicago Botanic Garden values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in all its programs. In particular, students who lack research opportunities at their home institutions, who have not participated in REU or similar experiences in the past, and/or are from groups traditionally underrepresented in the biological sciences are especially encouraged to apply. At the CBG Plant Science Research Center we advocate diversity in the sciences by promoting access and success of historically marginalized communities through the fostering of an equitable and inclusive community climate.

The Garden’s mission is grounded in the belief that caring for gardens and natural areas is fundamentally important to the well-being of everyone. We strive to make the Garden and all its programs available and accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We value diversity in all its forms and at every level of our organization – board, staff, volunteers, and vendors. Through the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and experience, the Garden is more effectively able to create extraordinary and welcoming experiences for our increasingly diverse audiences. We are committed to ensuring a sense of belonging to every individual we encounter, regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, intellectual ability, or economic status.



NSF logo.jpegREU Site: Plant Biology & Conservation Research Experiences for Undergraduates - From Genes to Ecosystems. (Supported by NSF awards DBI-0353752, DBI-0648972, DBI-1062675, DBI-1461007, and DBI-1757800). Thanks also to support from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation.


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call 847-835-8264 to contact our Title IX Coordinator should you have questions or concerns.